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At college we believe in promoting the emotional health and wellbeing of everyone. Having the choice to access support when you need it can make all the difference to your college experience. We all need support from time to time and our Emotional Health and Wellbeing service is open to all students. Every worry is important, no matter how small you think it is or if there is someone worse off than you. Please get in touch, we are here to support you.

The Emotional Health & Wellbeing Team

  • Holly Hands

    Holly Hands Student Services Team Leader

    Holly has been supporting students with their emotional health and wellbeing at the College since 2012. She works Monday to Friday at Welsh Bridge & London Road campuses.

  • Karena Orton-Brown

    Karena Orton-Brown Emotional Health & Well-being Practitioner

    Karena is one of our Emotional Health and Well-being practitioners, based at the English Bridge Campus. Karena works Tuesday to Friday.

  • Isabel Willerton

    Isabel Willerton Emotional Health & Well-being Practitioner

    Isabel is one of our Emotional Health and Well-being practitioners, based at the English Bridge Campus. Isabel works Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

It is important to recognise that we all have individual needs, which is why we have such a diverse collection of services on offer to help facilitate your emotional growth and wellbeing.


For students who wish to explore their thoughts and feelings in a confidential and non-judgemental environment. Using a person-centred approach, you can work through a variety of issues which include depression, relationships, home life, gender identity and sexuality.

A weekly appointment will be arranged for you to see one of our Counsellors. Counselling usually lasts between six to eight weeks, but this can be discussed between you and your counsellor. The aim is to give you the space to come to terms with, accept and move forward with your life without carrying your troubles with you.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

You will meet on a weekly, one to one basis for between six to eight sessions of CBT. You will look at thought processes, achieve goals and learn new ways of coping with things.

As with all therapy, the outcomes are dependant on your engagement with it. CBT is about looking at the way you think, affecting the way you feel and behave. It is goal orientated and will contain worksheets and coping tools. Anger and anxiety are two examples of areas in that CBT can be used to help find ways forward.

BEAM Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

BEAM is an emotional health and well-being drop-in service for young people under 25 years old who are registered with a GP in Shropshire, Telford or Wrekin.

They have a team of experienced well-being practitioners and volunteers who will listen to whatever is troubling you.

For more information visit their website.

Due to the current lockdown situation, the planned walk-in provision will not be opening at the Holy Trinity Church in Oswestry from Tuesday 12th January.

Fika Mental Fitness

Shrewsbury Colleges Group has joined the FIKA mental fitness programme through an app to enable students to develop good mental fitness skills to aid all aspects of life going forward. Life is full of transitions, choices and challenges and throughout these, our emotions will go up and down as life is full of transitions, choices and challenges.

The Fika app develops skills as a natural part of life so that when you encounter a low period you have the resilience and skills to support yourself through the difficult time. We tend to ignore the flow of preparing for a challenging mental health period in our lives whereas as we can all associate with anyone undertaking a physical challenge like a mountain walk; this couldn’t be done without training, preparation, processing skills. When it comes to ‘successfully’ training for, and tackling mental challenges we too often wait for the challenge to happen emotionally and then feel unable to cope and at this stage reach out for help. Fika provides the training and preparation.

We all know that eating 5 portions of fruit and veg a day keeps us healthy and 20 minutes of exercise a day keeps us physically well. Undertaking three 5 minute sessions a week on your mental well-being will significantly improve our resilience and ability to cope without becoming unwell.

Students at SCG have free access to the Fika app through the app store on both iPhone and Android devices, support is delivered in tutorial sessions, supported by student services and staff. If you would like to find out more pop along to student services.

Enrichment for wellbeing 

The college offers a range of enrichment activities covering fitness, sport, friendship groups, cooking, walking, gardening. The programme is constantly being updated based on student feedback with the purpose of providing opportunities for you to make new friends, find a hobby, relax and feel good – See our enrichment Activities 

Look After Your Mate training

The College provides training for students interested in peer support, if you would like to know more please go to student services and ask for details

For more information on any of our services please phone Student Services on 01743 235491 (Welsh Bridge/English Bridge Campus), 01743 342323 (London Road Campus) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, you can apply for support by filling out the form below.

Wellbeing Referral Form

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