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It is very important to take care of your mental health and wellbeing. John Ruskin College is committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and to ensure that action is taken to support our students.

Wellbeing Hub logoWelcome to the Welbeing Hub where you'll find details of College support services.

To support your mental health and wellbeing, scroll down to find useful links to external support resources and useful self-help tips, videos and more! 


Wellbeing Tips for the Summer

As we move into the summer months, we want you to stil be able to access services if you need to. Here are our 'Top Tips' for the summer!


College Support Services

We understand that at times you may experience pressures and challenges in life. Our Safeguarding Team can provide individual support through any aspect of your time at College and ensure you get the help you need.

If you need individual support you can talk to your Tutor or a member of our Safeguarding Team by phone: 020 8651 1131 Ext 7105, or email:

You can also speak to the Wellbeing & Inclusion Team who are here to foster a positive cultural environment and help you to flourish and feel comfortable in being your authentic self. If you are feeling worried, stressed or just want to talk, please email:

Occasionally we may need to share information and work closely with other agencies when there are concerns about a student's welfare. We will ensure that any concerns are discussed confidentially with the student or their parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would jeopardise the young person's welfare. If you would like more information about Safeguarding at John Ruskin College click here.


Ukraine flag in heart shapeWe are very saddened by the conflict going on in the world right now between Russia and Ukraine. We recognise that this may affect many students in our community in different ways. We would like to assure you we will continue to support you at this difficult time. Please email: who can refer you to the relevant services available.

There is also a range of support services that you may find useful:

Sexual assault and abuse can happen to anyone, no matter their age, sexual orientation or gender identity. Please click on the links below for further support and information. 

  • Support victims of sexual abuse and rape - Women
  • Support victims of sexual abuse and rape - Men
  • Support victims of sexual abuse and rape - LGBT+

If you would like to speak to someone or report sexual abuse please speak to a member of our Safeguarding Team.


Enrichment logoWellbeing is an essential part of Enrichment at John Ruskin College.
Check out our Activity Programme on our Enrichment page to find out about the range of fun activities planned this term. All activities are free for JRC students.
Email for more information about activities or pop into Client Services.

Other Support Resources

Here we have listed a range of external support websites and charities:

Frank logoFrank | 
For friendly, confidential drugs advice, talk to FRANK.


Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust logo

Young Gamers and Gamblers Education
Providing the tools and information to build digital resilience, educate and safeguard young people against problematic gambling and gaming.
Catch 22 logoCatch 
Catch22 are specialists at providing targeted substance misuse services for young people with a truly holistic approach, putting the young person at the centre of the treatment.

Cruse Bereavement Support logoCruse Coping with Grief at Christmas |
Cruse Bereavement Support helps to support people who are grieving especially at Christmas.

Grief Chat
GriefChat is a safe space for grieving or bereaved people to be able to share their stories, explore their feelings and be supported by a qualified bereavement counsellor. This service is suitable for mature students. 

Child Bereavement UK logoChild Bereavement UK
Providing help to children and young people (up to age 25), parents, and families, to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies.


The Lucy Rayner Foundation
The Lucy Rayner Foundation offers a number of different support services for people with mental health challenges including free counselling and practical support and advice for families bereaved by suicide.

NHS logoMental Health Crisis 
24 hour support for people in Surrey and North East Hampshire experiencing a mental health crisis. You don’t need to book an appointment and calls are free of charge.

If you need someone to talk to, we listen. We won't judge or tell you what to do. Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Off The Record logoOff The Record | 
Off The Record is a charity supporting young people in tough times. Services include online counselling and online workshops for young people in Croydon, Sutton or Merton.

CDI Counselling logoCDI Counselling | 
Free support and counselling for 10-25 year olds who live, work or study in Croydon and need help navigating through challenges in life.

Childline logoChildline | 
Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call us on 0800 1111, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.

Metro Charity logoMetro Charity | 
METRO provides health, community and youth services across London and the South East for anyone experiencing issues around sexuality, gender, equality, diversity or identity. 

Getting It On logoGetting It On | 
Getting It On provides information and services for 13-19 year olds on sexual and mental health issues, drugs & alcohol and relationship problems.

YoungMinds is leading the movement to make sure every young person gets the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.
Mind in Croydon 
Mind are here for anyone that needs help with their mental health. They provide advice, support and training to empower individuals and organisations to help promote and manage good mental health and wellbeing for all.
Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity that provides counselling and mental health support and training in UK schools.
An online mental wellbeing community.

CYP Haven logoCYP
The CYP Haven is a drop-in and virtual emotional wellbeing and mental health service for children and young people age 10-18 living in Surrey. Click here for a useful guide on how to access virtual support from CYP Haven.

PAPYRUS is a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

MindOut logoMindOut |
MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people. 

Hub of Hope logoHub of Hope |
The Hub of Hope is the UK’s leading mental health support database.

NHS logoEvery Mind Matters |
Brought to you by Public Health England; Your Mind Plan can help you to take simple steps to look after your mental health and find a good work-life balance.

Mindworks Surrey logoMindworks Surrey |
Emotional wellbeing and mental health services for children, young people and families in Surrey. Delivered by an alliance of NHS and voluntary organisations it gives young people a central voice in decisions about their care.

The Survivors Trust logoThe Survivors Trust |
The Survivors Trust provides specialist support for women, men & children who have survived rape, sexual violence or childhood sexual abuse.

Rape Crisis (England & Wales) logoRape Crisis (England & Wales) |
Rape Crisis England & Wales is a feminist organisation that supports the work of Rape Crisis Centres across England and Wales.

Galop logoGalop |
Galop is the UK's LGBT+ anti-abuse charity. They work with and for LGBT+ victims and survivors of interpersonal abuse and violence. 

Being stalked or harassed? |
If someone repeatedly behaves in a way that alarms or distresses you, that's harassment. Harassment and stalking are both criminal offences. If you call your local support team, they can assess the situation and see what help you need, even if you aren't ready to report the crime yet.

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The Hollie Guard App turns your phone into a personal safety device. Helping protect yourself from violence, accidents and records evidence and alerts emergency contacts of your whereabouts quickly and easily.

Click here to visit the Hollie Guard website for more information and to download. 

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Smiling Mind is a FREE mindfulness meditation app developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life. The programs are designed to assist people in dealing with the pressure, stress, and challenges of daily life.

Click here to visit the Smiling Mind website for more information and to download.

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Bright Sky is a FREE mobile app providing support and information for anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.

Click here to visit the Smiling Mind website for more information and to download.

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Stay Alive app is a pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information to help you stay safe. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.

Click here to visit the Stay Alive website for more information and to download.

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Salm Harm  is an award-winning app developed for teenage mental health charity Stem4 using the basic principles of an evidence-based therapy called Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm.

Click here to visit the Calm Harm website for more information and to download.

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ONRECORD have developed a range of resources and an app to help you gather evidence of domestic abuse. You can record what happens and use these records to help you prove you are being abused.

Click here to visit the ONRECORD website for more information and to download.

For more helpful wellbeing videos visit the NHS Every Mind Matters website.




Top Tips for good mental health


Whether it’s a short walk or home workout, regular exercise will not only maintain your physical health, but also your mental health and wellbeing.

Keep your mind active

Whether it’s reading, writing, drawing, completing a jigsaw or an online quiz, find something that you enjoy and get stuck in!

Eat well

Making the right food choices will maintain and even improve your energy levels, awareness and focus. 


Getting a good quality nights’ sleep is important to feel refreshed and recharged. You’ll wake up with a much more positive attitude ready to take on the day.


The most important thing is to just stay connected and keep in touch with your family and friends. Having a chat makes you feel a whole lot better and does wonders for your mental wellbeing.

Take time to reflect

Now is the perfect opportunity to recognise your successes and the things you are grateful for, no matter how big or small they might be.


Action for Happiness Calendar

These monthly calendars are packed with actions you can take to help create a happier and kinder world. 

Click here to view the full range of calendars on the Action for Happiness website.

Give us your Feedback!

We love to hear your feedback on our Wellbeing Hub...
Click here to complete a quick questionnaire. 

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