Riverside Music College delivers high quality learning and skills for the workforce needs of the Scottish Music Industry. We aim to be a mentally healthy college and are committed to providing a whole college approach to positive mental health for all our staff and students. We strive to reduce stigma and will continue to provide, improve and develop the support we offer for those experiencing poor mental health. 

Riverside Music College promotes mental health and wellbeing via various channels to create an environment where all staff and students have an awareness of mental health and have skills to recognise early signs of poor mental health. We support the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy in working to improve: 

  • Prevention and early intervention; 
  • Access to treatment, and joined up accessible services; 
  • The physical wellbeing of people with mental health problems; 
  • Rights, information use, and planning.

Riverside Music College encourages early disclosure and early engagement with our support services who can provide resources and implement strategies which are designed to promote mental health and wellbeing. Our approach to inclusive learning practices promote positive mental health by providing additional out of class support, a flexible approach to our admissions and a continuous promotion of our support services. We aim to provide an environment where mental health can be discussed openly and where our staff and learners have an awareness of when support is required and how to access support. 

What is Mental Health and Wellbeing?

In many ways, mental health is just like physical health. Everybody has it and we need to take care of it.

Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life.

If you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you’re frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.

Mental health problems can range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

If someone has poor mental health it can affect how that person feels about coming to college, interacting with other students and it can also disrupt concentration and the ability to focus on studying and learning effectively.

Our Wellbeing Service offers you the opportunity to have some support and guidance with self-management approaches for issues such as anxiety and depression.

You can:

Meet with one of our Support Services Team who you can talk to in a confidential space.

Explore a range of self-management measures including NHS approved apps and online resources to help with issues including anxiety, self-harm, depression, stress and sleep difficulties, as well as some help with study strategies.

Get information about activities being offered to promote positive mental health and wellbeing.

Get referred to our college counselling service – Togetherall.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a member of the Support Services Team please email: studentservices@riversidemusiccollege.ac.uk