A Warm Welcome to Student Counsellor Gwen - join the Winter Wellness Drop In!

Gwen Williamson has recently started her post as the new Counsellor for Shetland College UHI and NAFC Marine Centre UHI.  Counselling is one form of wellbeing support available to students.  Gwen completed her studies in Counselling at Shetland College in 2006.  She has worked in mental health for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience at local and national level.  She is an accredited Counsellor with the National Counselling Society (NCS) and a member of, and accredited trainer with The Scottish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (COSCA).  Gwen will be delighted to hear from you if you have any questions, ideas or concerns about counselling or your mental health and wellbeing during your time as a student with us.

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Gwen Williamson  Dip Couns, MNCS(ACC), CMCOSCA, Accredited COSCA Tutor

To arrange an appointment with Gwen or to find out more, contact gwen.williamson@uhi.ac.uk

Winter Wellness – Mental Health Awareness Week

Social distance doesn’t have to mean social isolation. Drop in to tell us what you’ve been doing and find out about support and activities available to keep you connected over winter. You are invited to meet Gwen on Thursday 5th November from 12.30pm to 2pm.

To join, follow this webex link

Or, you can join by Phone: +44-20-3478-5289­

Meeting Number: 1637 15 6273

To contact Gwen directly Email: gwen.williamson@uhi.ac.uk

A note from Gwen on the Wellbeing Session on Thursday 5th November. 

Looking forward to our wellbeing session, excited to see how this goes!

Making connections is an important part of looking after our mental wellbeing and by connecting with others we are also playing our part in looking out for our community.

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I’m excited to hear more about:

Inne Withouk from Shetland Students Green Team and the HISA Nature Explorer project. Inne is organising events in Shetland to get us outside this winter, working together to connect with and care our beautiful natural environment.

Shetland Women’s Aid are always here for support.

Mind Your Head have plenty of ideas for self-care this winter and have a website packed full of free resources. 

Shetland Bereavement Support Service are offering one to one support and resources for anyone finding themselves dealing with grief and loss.  This can be particularly difficult at this time of year, and often past losses can resurface when we’re feeling low.  

OPEN Project are looking for volunteer Peer Support Mentors.  Volunteering is proven to boost emotional wellbeing.  Find our more from wayne.leask@shetland.org  OPEN are also running a survey about their service for young people.  To get involved  https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/IFMFG7/

Cally Mair our HISA Depute is passionate about mental health and is looking forward to getting going with a student walking group  hisa.shetland@uhi.ac.uk

Don’t forget about our fabulous ‘Togetherall’ . Easy to access and packed full of resources and chances to connect in a safe environment with likeminded folks! 

I hope to see staff and students with ideas and tips for wellbeing and I’m feeling positive about making some new connections!

Gwen Williamson