Podcast supports New College students' mental health

By Barrie Hudson - 6 February 2024

College & Higher EducationEducationHealth

The Swindon and Wiltshire Institute of Technology (SAWIOT) in partnership with Nationwide have launched a podcast aimed at supporting student mental health.

Episodes cover crucial topics such as Spotting the Signs of Poor Mental Health, Managing your Workload, and also feature students talking about their own experiences.

Currently available on Sound Cloud, the full series will be making its debut on Spotify, Audible, and Amazon Music over the coming weeks after its launch today - 6 February - at New College Swindon’s Apprenticeship Fair, Appren-T-Fest.

A spokesperson said: "We recognise the increasing impact mental health is having on students and we want to highlight the support that is on offer whether that be us at the College, the fantastic support provided by mental health charities such as MIND, or simply the kind, listening ear of a friend or colleague.  

"The Mindful Apprentice podcast series is designed to support this in an interesting and engaging way.
"A variety of guest speakers, including key individuals from New College Swindon and SAWIOT were involved ensuring the episodes were engaging and informative.  
"The series is designed with Apprenticeship students in mind but it really is a valuable tool for all students and employers."
New College Swindon has dedicated wellbeing teams on both their Queens Drive and North Star campuses, who work closely with an organisation called Togetherall to provide a 24/7 online support service for students who may be struggling with how they feel. 
The service is monitored by trained counsellors, who will step in if they have any concerns about student safety. A variety of resources for people struggling with mental health can be found on the NHS website.


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