#BeMoreBHASVIC Wellbeing support

Throughout our students’ time at BHASVIC we are always looking for ways to promote and support positive wellbeing and mental health. We are as committed to helping students’ personal development as we are to their academic development and our wellbeing support plays a major role in this.

Underpinning everything we do is the concept of #BeMoreBHASVIC – we want our students to Be Happy, Active, Successful, Valued, Independent members of the college Community. At the heart of this approach is ‘Be Happy’. We understand that no one can be happy all the time, and that happiness is a very personal concept, but we are committed to delivering our students a positive college experience and giving them the tools to build greater happiness now and in the future.

For young people college represents a safe space, a place to be themselves, and structure and security in their daily lives. Within this space we have a variety of ways in which we encourage and support our students’ wellbeing. Alongside their friends and teachers there are two key members of BHASVIC that will support students on a regular basis, Personal Tutors & Guidance Managers - you can read more about these roles below.

We hope you find this information useful, for more details on the support available for students at BHASVIC please visit our page on dedicated support here.

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James Barton
Guidance Manager / Emotional Health & Wellbeing Lead 

WELLBEING NOTICEBOARD

All students have a weekly tutorial session with their Personal Tutor. Tutorial sessions support with important processes such as UCAS and Progress reviews, as well as exploring termly topics such as emotional health & wellbeing and life skills. Each session has time allocated at the end for one-to-one catch-ups and students will meet with their tutor at least once a term for a one-to-one conversation to discuss how college is going, and whether there is anything that is worrying them or affecting their studies or well-being. Personal Tutors are there to support students through their college experience and students are encouraged to ask to see their tutor for one-to-ones more often if they need extra support.

In addition to the support offered by tutors, all students are allocated to one of six Guidance Managers (GM’s). GM's are responsible for managing a group of Personal Tutors, and will handle the more serious issues that their tutees are experiencing. This includes extra support for students who are particularly vulnerable, especially when they are at risk of leaving the college early. GM's are also responsible for discipline issues, and safeguarding concerns about the tutees in their groups. Please see Guidance and Students Services section for more information about the team.

Our last two student ‘Emotional Health and Wellbeing’ surveys have identified the following five things as having the most positive impact on a student’s wellbeing:

  • Listening to music
  • Friendships and socialising
  • Good quality sleep
  • Watching films or TV
  • Managing my work well

These are simple ways to maintain positive wellbeing and fall under something we would call 'self-care'.  Throughout college we encourage students to identify the self-care techniques they find most useful and to build them into their daily routines. Our tutorial programme also features specific sessions on issues such as sleep and exercise.

We have worked with Andrew Wright of Action Your Potential for a number of years to develop a programme of Wellbeing support for students, parents and carers. Andrew's '12 Rocks of Wellbeing' are embedded into our tutorial work and college induction for new students and Andrew delivers bespoke webinars, workshops and videos throughout the year to support with specific elements of wellbeing. Archives of Andrew's resources are kept here whilst we will update students, parents and carers with up and coming activities through the welleing noticeboard, tutorial and newsletters.

During December Andrew delivered a Wellbeing Webinar Managing Emotion and Learning Through Daily Habits. Recordings of the series of shorter 30 minute wellbeing works webinars can also be viewed here:

Before the summer break Andrew delivered a series of webinars focusing on developing wellbeing skills:

We are also delighted that Andrew is now working with our Wellbeing Peer Mentors and is devising a podcast, BHASVICRocks to help students prepare for the new year and manage anxiety around exams: more details to follow; but check out the Action Your Potential website.  

Each year we run a portfolio course in which a group of A2 students work as Wellbeing Peer Ambassadors. Throughout the course they build skills in active listening, one-to-one conversations as well as exploring the key issues and support available for your people's mental health. They also work with a range of external partners to help develop resources and strategies that can benefit BHASVIC students. In 2020 the group launched an Instagram page containing content on a range of wellbeing and mental health issues and will try to keep this updated over the next for weeks and months.

For more information on the wellbeing group please contact James Barton j.barton@bhasvic.ac.uk

Over the past couple of years, BHASVIC students have been involved in the #IAMWHOLE campaign, which aims to reduce the stigma around mental health #IAMWHOLE campaign.

Here are two videos from the campaign the first is made by BHASVIC TV and second reinforces the message that we are all responsible for thinking about the language we use, and suggesting changes to others when we hear stigmatising words and phrases:  Video

We recognise that exams and assessment can cause an increase in stress and anxiety for students and have created a list of resources in partnership with our students here