It is normal to feel sad, anxious or stressed from time to time. However, if these feelings persist and are affecting your daily activities, including your studies, you should seek help via your GP, usual support service, or RCA student support.
We have collated some resources and guidance below which you may find helpful:
Sometimes you may choose to take time off due to your mental health. We’ve put together this template to help you let your tutor know - feel free to pick the reason you’re most comfortable with disclosing.
Dear _____ ,
I am unable to attend teaching [today/this week] due to [feeling unwell/having to take time off to focus on my wellbeing/mental health].
Mental Health First Aid
On site we have MHFA trained staff so that they can support fellow staff or students who are developing mental health problems, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. You can see a list of staff who are trained and find out more by clicking here.
Contact student support
The Student Support Team offers advice and support to all RCA students including; disability advice, learning difficulties support, counselling, mental health support, international student support, financial and housing support.
They are located in the basement of the Steven’s Building on the Kensington Campus, and also run appointments in Battersea and White City. You can visit them at their walk in sessions between 2-4pm daily. To find the relevant team member in the area you would like support from click here. To book an appointment via moodle click here.
Jennifer Springham is the Mental Health Coordinator, who can provide you with 1:1 support at College if you are experiencing mental health concerns, whether or not you have a diagnosis.
Speak to a member of RCA staff who is Mental Health First Aid trained, who you can identify by their wearing of a green Mental Health First Aid lanyard.
If you are experiencing a crisis outside of the College, you can:
- Contact your GP surgery to request an emergency appointment.
- If your GP surgery isn't open, call the free NHS out-of-hours medical line on 111 and they will help you access the right services.
- You can call Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity, on 01865264168.
- You can call the Samaritans on 116 123 to talk to someone at any time, day or night.
- Nightline are available overnight and can help students across London, call them on +44 (0) 207 631 0101.
- Victim Support offer free and confidential support to help you deal with your experience, whether or not you report the crime. Also supports witnesses of crime. Tel: 0808 168 9111.
-You can call the LGBT+ helpline on 03003300630.
Quiet spaces for reflection and mindfulness
Should you need a quiet space or somewhere to partake in daily prayer on site there is a room available within Student Support in Kensington. If you are in Battersea or White City, send Buildings and Estates an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for help finding a suitable space.
There are Mindfulness sessions in Student Support every Wednesday at 17:00. As an RCA student, you can also access mindfulness sessions via the Imperial Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre. For further information on these sessions click here.