The transition from School to Sixth Form – and life changes in general – can create a whole variety of emotions in young people. As well as positive experiences, students may face challenges and conflicts which can sometimes prove overwhelming and difficult to cope with. Loreto provides a Counselling Service for their students to support them throughout their time at college. One-to-one confidential support in a private and safe environment, for students struggling with difficult emotional issues. The counsellors work on an appointment basis, with the addition of a twice weekly ‘drop-in’ session where students can just call in to meet with a counsellor to briefly discuss an issue, make an appointment or learn more about counselling. Students can contact the counsellors themselves by email, or through a member of staff on their behalf.
Emma Stringer or Ann Wilson are always available in the Chaplaincy Room (B122) this is a space where you are always welcome to come and escape the hustle and bustle of college life. In exam periods in particular this will be a place of quiet and relaxation with access to relaxation techniques audio produced by Kate and Therese in Counselling.
Link for relaxation techniques from the counselling service in Loreto:
Our specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) team sees children and young people up to their 18th birthday who are experiencing intense worries and distressing feelings. They also work with parents, wider family members and other key adults to understand problems better and decide what will help to make a difference.
If you have problems with anxiety and moods, an eating disorder, difficulties with family and other relationships or try to harm yourself the CAMHS team can help. They also work with children and young people who have conditions such as autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and learning disabilities. There is an emergency service if you are very unwell or harm yourself that you can access through your GP or local A&E.
•Provide confidential help and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person
•Help others to prevent young suicide by working with and training professionals
•Campaign and influence national policy
Help and Advice
The Gateway Service, our new access point for referrals to Trust services, has been rolled out across the city on Tuesday 1st October 2013 following its successful pilot with Central Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Referrals, for adults and later life, routine and urgent, primary and secondary care, will now be made through this point. The Gateway Service will accept referrals for persons who are not currently open to a Trust service.