Wellness

Wellness at Central Film School

The wellness team at Central Film School includes the one to one wellness support, wellbeing advice, and empower Central Film school community to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own mental health, support others and create a change environment.

Wellness provides a professional, confidential, and free service to all Central Film School Students from UK/EU and International students. We are based at the Central Film School third floor student experience  office. Our wellness team provides an integrated service, which makes sure that the support and advice given to students is appropriate and relevant, equipping and enabling them to succeed.

CFS has introduced a wellness hub via google classroom, for all Central Film School Students and Staff. The Wellness hub is a great way to keep students engaged and informed on all aspects of wellbeing.

Disability and Dyslexia Support

Central Film School commitment to inclusion and equality. We aim to remove the barriers that students may face and support them to work as independently as possible. Wellness officer will offer one to one support to all disability students on different needs.

Wellness, Mental Health and chaplaincy

The Wellness Officer looks after the health and well-being of students by listening to them and helping them with issues and concerns such as depression, anxiety and illness, and by providing pastoral and spiritual care.

 

Appointments

For wellness appointments, please contact our Wellness Officer via

wellness@centralfilmschool.com or on +44 2073776060.

5 Steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing

Stay Connected

Connect with others, your family, friends and community.

You Could try:
  • Set time aside to connect with friends and family
  • Identify ways of making new friends
  • Take an interest in how your friends are and what they are doing.
Stay Active

Find a physical activity that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

You Could try:
  • Taking the stairs instead of the lift
  • Going for a walk at lunchtime
  • Getting off the bus one stop earlier and walking
  • Playing a sport that you like
Take Notice

Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. 

You Could try:
  • Photography
  • Music
  • Yoga
  • Exploring the world around you
Give

Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.

You Could try:
  • Doing something for a friend or family member
  • Volunteer your time
  • Voice your appreciation of the people around you
Keep Learning

Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.

You Could try:
  • Building on your cooking skills
  • Joining a new society
  • Taking up a new hobby.
Relaxing

Learning to relax is important in enabling you to manage stress. Identify what helps you relax and make time for it. Maybe chill out with friends, take part in an exercise class at your local gym or park.

You Could try:

Self-help strategies & self-care

Making some changes to our lifestyle can help us manage and permanent mental health problems.

You can find more tips on below;

Speak with our wellness officer, book a wellness appointment via wellness@centralfilmschool.com

 

Disability or Mental Health

Some students come to Central Film School with a pre-existing mental health issue, some students will develop problems when they are here, and a number of students will help support students who are struggling. This section provides useful information if you want to know more about types of mental health problems and where to go for help and advice. Central Film School Wellness Officer provides advice if you have a disability, mental health difficulty, long-term medical condition, autistic spectrum condition, or a specific learning difference such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia or ADHD.

1. Notify us

So that we can prepare and arrange support in time for the start of your studies, please tell us about your disability as soon as possible.  Your first and best opportunity will be when you complete your UCAS or direct application form. If you have not entered your disability details on the application you can contact us directly at any point prior to you starting your course in Central Film School. Please be aware that if your information is provided later in the academic year then there may be a delay in the school meeting some of your support needs.

You should contact our wellness officer if you have a disability, mental health difficulty, long-term medical condition, autistic spectrum condition, or a specific learning difference such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia or ADHD.

If you have concerns around sharing confidential health histories please read the full details of who we share your information within our Data Protection Policy.

2. Provide your evidence and the Further Details Form.

When you inform us of your disability, please send us a copy of your evidence and a completed Further Details Form to our wellness officer via wellness@centralfilmschool.com. You can obtain a Further Details Form from the wellness officer.   

The evidence required depends on the nature of your disability but will need to be from an appropriately qualified professional (such as a GP, consultant, specialist nurse or Educational Psychologist), which specifies the following:

  • The name of your impairment or health condition
  • When your impairment or health condition was diagnosed/identified
  • How long your impairment/health condition is likely to last
  • The main effects of your condition
  • The side effects of any medication or treatment

We will review the information you have provided and confirm what support/advice can be put in place or we will invite you to come and meet with our wellness officer for a meeting.

3. Receive confirmation of your support plan

We will create a Support Plan that details with reasonable adjustments, we will put in place.  Typically, this will contain the ability to request coursework extensions, receive your tutorial  notes before your classes, access recordings of tutorials or lectures and reasonable adjustments during assessments which could include:

  • Additional time
  • Extra tutorials 
  • Room adjustments
  • Use of a computer
  • Use of equipment such as Film Equipment
  • Adjustments to the format of assignments
  • Stickers advising a marker not to penalise errors in spelling, punctuation, untidy handwriting or clumsiness of English expression.

You will receive an email from our Wellness Officer when your support plan is ready and you will be able to view your support plan. If you wish to change some of the recommendations in your support plan or find additional support is required as you adjust to studying at a higher level please contact our Wellness Officer via wellness@centralfilmschool.com.

If you need other additional support

NHS and your Local GP

The NHS has developed a range of self-help workbooks to help with mental health concerns such as depression and low mood, eating disorders, anger management, anxiety, social anxiety, panic, hearing voices and disturbing beliefs, obsessions and compulsions, PTSD, self-harm, stress and sleeping problems. In the meantime, it is important you speak to your local GP to book an NHS appointment.

Mind

Mind has lots of useful information if you’ve been diagnosed with a mental health problem and you want to find our more about it, including treatment options and where to go for support. Please visit the Mind website for more information.

Student Minds

Student Minds has another great resource page where you find more information on mental health support. Please visit the student mind website for more information.

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness supports people who are severely affected by mental illness and a specialist workforce can work with individuals with the most complex needs. Please visit the Rethink Mental Illness website for more information.

Papyrus

Papyrus is the National Charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.