STUDENT VOICE Student Voice SPRING SUMMER 2017 - Page 8

Introducing... our Mental Health and Wellbeing Officer My name is Paul Hough and I am the Student Mental Health Wellbeing Liaison Officer for Ayrshire College. This is a jointly funded post between NHS Ayrshire and Arran and Ayrshire College and I will work across all campuses. I have over 15 years’ experience working in health and social care, supporting people with mental and emotional health issues. My role involves working directly with students, and providing workshops aimed at helping them recognise and manage any mental health or emotional difficulty they may encounter. These difficulties include anxiety/stress, low mood/ depression, poor sleep, controlling anger and other common mental/emotional health issues. The workshops will help students understand more about the importance of maintaining good mental health, and give advice on some of the strategies which can be used to help them maintain good mental and emotional health. My role will also involve working closely with staff to offer support, advice and consultation and put in any strategies which may help students who are struggling with their emotional or mental health. My aim is to build students' resilience and help them to find ways to manage their own emotional and mental health. With this type of intervention, hopefully any issues can be addressed before they become more significant and start to impact on a student’s ability to function. I will be delivering these workshops and providing drop-in clinics throughout the year across the College. It is very important that I hear the views of students and I ask that you look out for the student survey which will be sent out towards the end of May. This information will be very important and will help me shape the role based on your needs. If you have any concerns about your mental/ emotional wellbeing please speak to your student services advisor who will be able to provide support and advice.  to help break down some of " the I aim stigma and barriers which stop students from wanting to seek support. " I aim to help break down some of the stigma and barriers which stop