Student Health and Wellbeing
The health and wellbeing of our students is a primary concern for St. Angela’s College. See below for information about the services available for students of the college:
- Doctor Service - make an appointment with the Mall Family Practice
- Counselling Service - phone or text to request an appointment, either online or face-to-face. Counselling sessions are free.
- Chaplaincy Service - Chaplain in residence can offer a listening ear, a caring presence and spiritual guidance.
- Student Services - call to our Student Services Office located in Áras Bríd (past College Reception at the end of the corridor) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Student services can offer advice and support on all issues impacting College life.
Good health and a healthy lifestyle contribute to success and enjoyment of College life.
St Angela's College works with The Mall Family Practice, Sligo 071-9142767 to provide student healthcare during term time. Find out more about the practice at www.themallfamilypractice.ie
If you need to see a doctor, just phone the Mall Family Practice 071 - 9142767 and make an appointment and make an appointment. The surgery is open Monday to Friday, 9.00am-12.30pm and from 2.00pm-4.45pm
There is a €10 student charge to visit the doctor, unless you have a medical card.
- Due to the ongoing Pandemic there is NO walk in Doctor service available and NO student clinic. Please do not present to the Surgery without phoning first.
- If you have an urgent problem and need to be seen the same day, please phone the surgery as early in the day as possible to request this.
- Please wear a face mask to your Doctor appointment
The €10 student charge only applies during term time- at all other times the full Practice fee is charged.
Employment checks or other medical checkups and vaccinations are charged at the full practice rate. It is recommended that you enquire about the cost of these services in advance.
The Mall Family Practice
Primary Care Building,
Sligo, F91 Y8EK
T: 071 9142767
Out of Hours Supports:
- Care Doc 0818 365 399
- Your own doctor
- Sligo University Hospital Emergency Department .Phone 071 9174504
- Sligo Garda Station. Phone 071 915700 or 071 9142031
Freephone 116123 or Sligo 071-914201
Text 087 260 90 90
Phone or text for advice/support
Drop in service 12am - 9pm daily (located at 3 The Mall, Sligo)
Counselling Service for St. Angela's College Students
College life can present challenges to students, which may give rise to uncertainties and difficulties at times. Work-related stress, study and exam anxieties, peer pressures, sexual conflicts, loneliness and questions of personal worth are among issues commonly experienced during college years. Counselling aims to help a student deal with the emotional impact of issues and find a positive way forward.
The Counselling Service is absolutely confidential. St. Angela’s College subsidises this service. The first 6 sessions are free of charge, then a minimal €10 charge per session applies.
Contact Chris, our College Counsellor, on 087 6609209 or email email@example.com to request an appointment.
Appointments are offered face-to-face or online via MS Teams.
Contact our College Counsellor to request an appointment:
Phone or text Chris: 087 6609209
Email Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Counselling Service, please contact our Student Services officer, Una Roberts, by email email@example.com or phone 071 9195514
Online Self Help - Participate Programme
This is a free online programme for shyness and social anxiety now available to NUI Galway and St. Angela’s College students https://nuig.participateonline.net
Out of Hours Supports:
- Care Doc 0818 365 399
- Your doctor
- Sligo University Hospital Emergency Department .Phone 071 9174504
- Sligo Garda Station. Telephone 071 915700/9142031
Freephone 116123 or Sligo 071-914201
Text 087 260 90 90
Phone or text for advice/support
Drop in service 12am - 9pm daily (located at 3 The Mall, Sligo)
|Alive2thirve: Website promoting positive mental health in Sligo and Leitrim, where you will find information about local services, as well as general information, tips and resources||alive2thrive.ie|
|Belong To: Support organisation for lesbian gay, bisexual and trans young people||http://www.belongto.org|
|Bodywhys: Information about eating disorders
|Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (DVAS)
Phone (Sligo) - 071-9141515
|Women's Aid - Domestic Violence Service Ireland
(National 24-hour helpline - 1800-341-900)
|Eating Disorders Support||http://www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie/videos|
|Turn2Me: Online support and counselling for mental health||www.turn2me.org|
|Reach Out: Helpline / mental health information for young people||www.reachout.com|
|Spun Out: Information for young people||www.spunout.ie|
|Pieta House: Help for people who are self-harming or feeling suicidal||www.pieta.ie|
|Jigsaw: Support for young people with mental health issues||www.jigsaw.ie|
|One in Four: Support for people who have been sexually abused||http://www.oneinfour.ie|
|MABS: Money Advice and Budgeting Service, Carbury House, Fish Quay, Sligo (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) Phone: 079-1072730||https://www.mabs.ie/en/contact/|
The College Chaplain, Fr Julian Lupot, gives expression to the College’s commitment to the development of the whole person. Fr Lupot collaborates with College colleagues and representatives of other faiths to provide social, spiritual and personal support for students as appropriate. If you feel you need to speak with our College Chaplain, please email email@example.com
Things just not going right?
Please call to see our Student Services officer, Una Roberts or email firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about what’s causing difficulties for you and to get help and support for any issue affecting your student life in St Angela’s College.
The Student Services Office is in Áras Bríd, (past College Reception at the end of the corridor). Call any time!
The following topics come up very often for students and each section contains useful information and links.
- Accommodation - check out other possible accommodation options here
- Money worries - see link to Student Assistance Fund for students
- Thinking about leaving your course? - contact Student Services Officer, Una Roberts, to talk things over (contact details above)
- Health and Wellbeing - are you feeling ok? Do you need to see the doctor, nurse or counsellor? Do you need to speak to someone about your concerns? Please see links for Doctor Service, Counselling Service and Chaplaincy Service above.
Remember, your Student Services officer here for you. Contact Una Roberts by email email@example.com to get help and support for any issue affecting your student life in St. Angela’s College
Care doc 0818 365 399
Supports and Advice throughout COVID-19
I am feeling very stressed and anxious, can I still get counselling?
Yes, following the closure of our on-campus service we have moved our counselling services online.
Simply email your request to Contact Chris, our College Counsellor, on 087 6609209 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment.
Appointments are offered online via MS Teams for now, with a view to returning to face-to-face sessions when it's safe to do so.
Online/tele counselling doesn’t suit me at present, what online mental health supports are available?
Participate, SilverCloud and Centre for Clinical Interventions. Below you will find out more information on these.
- SilverCloud Secure, immediate access to online supported CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) programmes, tailored toyour specific needs.
- Centre for Clinical Interventions A suite of self-help tools and workbooks on topics such as assertiveness, depression, panic, disordered eating, procrastination, perfectionism and more. www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself
Here you will find more on the HSE Mental Health Supports and Services website
The lack of control I’m experiencing at the moment is overwhelming and I’m worried about my mental health? Are there any services available to contact outside of St Angela’s College and working hours?
Yes, there are many resources available outside of the College, that you can contact regarding if you’re worried about your mental health. These services are also available outside of working hours.
Please see below.
- If you consider yourself to be at risk of self-harm contact your GP or nearest Accident & Emergency Unit.
- If you were hoping to speak to someone immediately contact: Samaritans 116 123 (24 hour freephone), Pieta House 1800 247 247 (24 hour freephone), Aware 1800 804 848 (10am-10pm freephone)
General COVID-19 Safety Advice
The College has is implementing control measures to minimise the risks associated with COVID-19. All staff and students should maintain vigilance and support others to ensure all recommended control measures are maintained.
Your Health Status
You should not come to campus if:
- You are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have done so in the past 14 days
- You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days
- You have been a close contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in teh past 14 days
- You live with someone who is symptomatic of COVID-19 and is awaiting results
- You have been medically confirmed to be in the ‘Very High’ Risk Category (unless specific control measures can be implemented to allow you to return to campus safely subject to government advice, risk assessment and health advisory input.)
The College will provide information to Staff and Students on:
- signs and symptoms of COVID-19,
- how the virus is spread and,
- how to help prevent the spread of COVID
- Management of Time on Campus
You should manage your time on campus so that you are only on campus for the minimum amount of time required. When on campus you should minimise your geographical footprint, both within buildings and across the wider campus.
Hand, Respiratory and General Hygiene
Good hand, respiratory and general hygiene is vital for reducing the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. Frequent hand washing is encouraged, and hand sanitisers are also available across the campus.
Physical distancing must be maintained when on campus. The default is 2m across campus (although in some teaching settings this may be reduced to no less than 1m). Access to, egress from, and circulation within buildings will be changed to enable effective physical distancing. This may entail the introduction of one-way systems within buildings. The physical distance is measured on a nose to nose basis.
The College will provide sufficient signage to aid physical distancing, alert staff and students on the building layout including one-way systems where necessary and remind staff and students to practice good hand, respiratory and general hygiene. See Returning to Campus page for examples of signage.
In line with public health recommendations, the College has undertaken measures to prevent the community spread of COVID-19, which include enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedure. The procedures were developed in light of the guidance issued by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in relation to cleaning. All staff should utilise a ‘clean-in, clean-out’ policy for their workspaces. The College has laid out a comprehensive cleaning protocol for the University campus to outline the cleaning and disinfection procedure on campus. See Cleaning in a COVID-19 Environment (10 September 2020)
Minimising Close Contacts
You should minimise your close contacts to the fewest number possible. Where possible, you should only interact with the same group of people when on campus. You should also avoid sharing personal items (pens, phones), beverages or food with others.
Public Health Guidance requires that all personnel maintain a log of all those they have been in close contact with.
The College will, to the greatest extent possible, record attendance at all events on campus and retain those records for 4 weeks in case they are required for contact tracing purposes. Students are requested to download and use the Blackboard App to facilitate this.
HSE COVID Tracker App
Public Health Guidance also advises all personnel to download the HSE’s COVID Tracker App. Students should download the App before they arrive on campus and check-in on the App each day that they are on campus. The use of the App will enable personnel to:
- be told if they have been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive for coronavirus,
- be able to track any symptoms they have and get advice on what to do,
- be able to anonymously warn close contacts if they test positive for coronavirus,
- make contact tracing quicker for the HSE, and
- help map and predict the spread of the virus.
You must wear a face covering while indoors in public areas or shared spaces on campus.
Gloves should only be considered where the specific activity requires it. This is likely to be in certain laboratory environments in most cases. All personnel on campus are reminded that good hand, respiratory and general hygiene is vital for reducing the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 and is more effective than gloves. Gloves themselves may become contaminated and require appropriate disinfection and changing.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
It can take up to 14 days for the symptoms of Covid-19/Coronavirus to appear. They can be similar to those of a regular cold/flu. The most common symptoms are:
- Fever (High temperature, of 38C or above)
- Cough (this can be any kind of cough, not just dry)
- Shortness of Breath/Breathing difficulties
- Loss or change in your sense of Smell or Taste (i.e. that you’ve noticed you cannot smell/taste anything, or things smell/taste different to normal)
I’m worried that I have COVID-19, what do I do?
Firstly, take immediate steps to undertake strict self-isolation. There is very clear information and advice on exactly how you should do this, via the HSE website
Then contact your own GP to discuss your symptoms with a Doctor, to determine whether you require referral for formal Covid-19 testing and/or any further assessment.
For most people, particularly younger patients, Covid-19 produces a mild or moderately severe illness, which can be managed at home with simple supportive measures. For advice on how to manage your symptoms, please check out www.undertheweather.ie or check out the self-care advice contained in the ‘Student Health Matters’ App, which can be downloaded for FREE from both the App Store or Google Play. At this current time, if you have symptoms/suspect that you have Covid-19, it is vital that you would not attend your GP practice, the Student Health Unit or any other healthcare facility without first contacting them by telephone.
Are face coverings currently mandatory in the College?
At present the wearing of face coverings is mandatory for all teaching and learning events and where physical distancing will be difficult in outside areas for students. Our advice is to wear a mask at all time.
A face covering is defined as ‘a covering of any type which when worn by a person covers the person’s nose and mouth.’
Do I have to wear a mask?
Public Health Measures in Higher Education Guidelines advises that staff or students who are vulnerable can declare this and reasonable exception for not wearing of a face covering can be considered on health grounds.
How can I remain safe?
- practice social distancing
- Wash your hands regularly
- practice Sneezing and Coughing Etiquette
Phone the HSE hotline on 1850 241850 for further advice.
Where can I access more health advice in relation to COVID-19?
Please follow advice published on the HSE website. Or call the HSE on 1850241850
What do I do if I think I have been in contact with COVID-19/Coronavirus?
What is the difference between self-isolation and restricted movement?
The HSE have a very useful table to show the most common situations when people should self-isolate or restrict their movements.
More information HERE
- HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre webpage, including FAQs and regular updates
- Updated travel advice on the Coronavirus from the Department of Foreign Affairs
- World Health Organisation - Q&A on Coronaviruses
- World Health Organisation - Myth busters about the novel coronavirus
I'm a healthy adult, is it OK to visit my friends and elderly relatives?
Older people are at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 if they contact it. It is important to help slow the spread of the virus, which is done by minimising contact between individuals. The government have stated that those aged over 70 and the medically vulnerable need to ‘use one’s judgement’ as normal life needs to resume.
In order to protect our older relatives and neighbours, it is essential that we adhere to government guidelines when visiting. It is important that both they and those around them maintain physical distancing from visitors and when visiting, use face coverings during indoor visits and while out shopping or in busy places. These groups are encouraged to follow the 3 C’s simple rule- avoid crowds, avoid too many contacts and avoid closed environments that are not well ventilated.
We are still encouraged to stay in touch regularly with them, so they don’t feel isolated. We can still video call them, or how about you pick up the phone and call them? Or speak to them through an open window of their house? If you have some time spare get creative and create a memory box for your older relatives with photos, letters or their favourite sweets!
How can I stay active during social isolation?
The thought of staying at home for a long period of time was overwhelming and scary for many of us, especially those who were accustomed to keeping fit and active while hitting that daily step count! Rather than worrying about all of this, we embraced the unusual situation we found ourselves in and become creative, signing up to online zoom sessions, taking the dog for a walk- to the point that they began to refuse to go or would hide once the lead was brought out!. Many of you used this time as an opportunity to try out one of those new, at home workouts you’ve never tried before, put away that pile of laundry or incorporated more healthy habits into your daily routine. Remember, staying active has been scientifically proven to benefit your mood and overall well-being.
Now that society is beginning to return to normal, it sees the reopening of gyms across the country, however for some many gyms remain closed. There are many sessions being held in outdoor areas now also. So, if you’re longing to get back to some routine, make sure to check out what your local sports clubs, gym or partnership has to offer. If you’re still unsure about returning to large events check out our tips below on how to keep moving from the comfort of your own home.
1. Stick to an active routine
2. Stretch in the living room
3. Try an at home workout
4. Maintain/ take up hobbies that keep you moving!
5. Up your bodyweight workouts
6. Take the stairs (if you have one)
7. Get creative and re-create walks
8. Remain in touch
9. Keep the mind active
What can I do if I’m self-isolating and worried that I won’t see people for a long time?
The best way to help you feel that you’re still in contact with people, is to redefine ’see’. Before all this started, we were dependant on remote communication to keep in touch with many friends and loved ones, so the only real thing that has change now is the physical proximity. 'See’ now means we have to connect through our phones, screens or even windows!
Why not set aside three to five times each day where you contact a friend or loved one, to ’see’ them for a catch up. Focus fully on them during that time. This will give that sense of connection we all need.
What can I do if I’m feeling lonely?
Loneliness during the recent outbreak of COVID-19 has become a major concern for everyone as more people as setting up in their homes in isolation. Why not try out some of the suggestions below.
- Hang out with some non-humans – Animals are great at making us feel connected and cared for. Pets, especially dogs and cats, can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and ease loneliness. Ask your neighbours, family or friends if they have a dog you could take for a walk occasionally
- Use technology for social interaction. Don't retreat from social interaction – regular phone and video chatting with close friends and family is important for mental health. Video chat with grandparents, friends and/or cousins.
Remember: everyone has times when they feel lonely. Trying even a few new things can help reduce your isolation and should help you start to feel better.
What can I do without leaving my home?
- Read a book
- Make a list of all the positives in your life
- Take an online course
How do I stay connected while practising social distancing?
Firstly, you need to think about how you interact with others without putting your (or their) health at risk. Check out some of the tips below:
- In Italy we have seen that they have managed to stay connected by speaking to each other from over a fence or across balconies. Can you speak to your neighbours/friends/ family members from over a fence or across a balcony?
- Use technology to stay in touch, if you have access to it. If you have a smartphone, use it to video call other, as by seeing someone’s facial expressions, it can help increase connection
- Check in with your friends, family, and neighbours regularly. Wherever you can, assist people in your life who may be more vulnerable (for example, those with no access to the internet or who cannot easily use the internet to shop online)
- Spend the time connecting with the people you are living with
- Manage your stress levels through exercise, meditation, and keeping to a daily routine as much as you can
- Remember, it’s not just your family and friends who require support, but also others in your community. Showing kindness towards others not only helps them but can also increase your sense of purpose and value, improving your own well-being.
I’m not leaving the house and lots of anxiety is giving me issues with my sleep, what can I do to get a better night’s sleep?
Many of us aren’t used to being confined to the house, which can be problematic for our sleeping patterns. Are you struggling to get a good night’s sleep? Well, try starting your day early, making sure you take aerobic exercise for at least 20 minutes at the same time each day, and ensure you eat your meals at set times. This will help you avoid grazing and overeating
In the evening, take 10–30 minutes of the last hour of your bedtime routine doing something that relaxes you, such as taking a bath or doing some gentle stretches. You should make sure your bedroom is cool but not cold. Once in bed, read from a book, not a screen.
How can I stay positive and healthy during this time?
It’s important during this time not to be too hard on yourself. As the coronavirus is changing daily, sometimes even hourly, the need for social distancing is clear. That doesn’t mean it’s easy. We are social beings, and this is something we’ve never been asked to do before. We have an entire system that responds to touch and social proximity that contributes to our sense of well- being and connection in the world.
Here are some suggestions on how to stay positive and healthy:
- Maintain a connection with people that you care about- social distance does not mean no social contact. Face to face conversations are not possible right now, so instead video call, chat or phone each other.
- Schedule your interactions- Figure out what interactions are most important for you, this could be a virtual happy hour with friends, family members, nieces or nephews. Set up virtual dates and add them to your diary! Thus, it’s more likely to happen.
- Use social media actively- Don't just sit there. Research has found that restricting your total time on these can decrease depression and loneliness, particularly if you are using your time actively by connecting with family and friends. Active use and less time just scrolling is important!
Is it important that I keep a routine?
Maintaining a routine is critical during this time of social isolation/distancing. Wake up at the same time, get dressed every day and treat the weekend as the weekend. Ensure you plan your daily tasks and schedule regular stretch and food breaks. These breaks will allow you to be more focused at the task in hand and they will also prevent you from mindless eating. Make sure to have nutritious and healthy snacks.
By developing a routine, you will feel more in control everything, and help you make room for all that’s important. Routines will help you cope with these changes that we are experiencing, to continue with healthy habits, and reduce stress levels.
What are some strategies to cope with feeling lonely?
This is an uncertain time for everyone so staying in touch with family and friends is more important than ever. Thankfully we live in a year where technology is at hand so we can maintain social connections.
Technology such as FaceTime, zoom and other resources are our friends right now. We use them every day and now we should be using them for less formal interactions. When we are present with people, we don’t expect every interaction to be productive. We mess, laugh and gossip and these moments are vital to feel a sense of connection, so now we need to find ways on how to replicate them online.
If you meet up for your friends or families daily or weekly for coffee, why not create a zoom channel to take your coffee breaks online. Likewise, consider cooking the same meal or doing a workout with your gym partner on FaceTime.
- If you live in an area where you can go outside, while still maintaining the social distance of 2 meters (six feet) between each other, head out for a walk or a run.
- If you're working on assignments at home, create an online group with friends. Meet for a video lunch: just turn the camera and eat ‘’together’’
- Text messages are quick and easy ways to stay connected, you can set up a WhatsApp group and chat throughout the day, this contact will really make a difference
- Plan to watch TV shows with friends at the same time or explore Google Arts & Culture or Chatter Pack for free online boredom resources.
How do I overcome this feeling of loneliness?
Finding ways to overcome loneliness can include things you do yourself and finding things to do with other people. Some of the tips below may be useful for you.
Relaxation- techniques such as writing in a journal or diary, listening to music, yoga or meditation can help you to relax when alone.
Talk- with people who you interact with every day, this can be a family member, college friend or sibling. Start a conversation around the topic of favourite TV or Netflix show, what’s happening in your area, or even just about the weather.
Connect- Reach out to friends and ask them how they are doing. Stay in touch and check in with them regularly. Who knows they might be feeling the same way!
Joining- Get involved in online classes, check out some volunteering opportunities in your local community or join a society club or society on campus. Not only will you meet new people, but more than likely these people will have the same interest as you. Take up a new instrument, learn a new language or even do an online cooking class! The opportunities are endless.
I prefer talking to people in person as I'm bad with talking over social media, what can I do?
Let’s face it we’ve all been there! When pressure arises, we find ourselves struggling with what to say and experience being ‘lost for words’. These situations can be deemed awkward and nerve- wracking, but it’s perfectly normal to feel that way.
Here are some simple tips to help you out.
- Listen- We know, you're reading but you still must pay attention. Take an interest in what others have said.
- Show up- Check in daily and participate in the conversation. Don’t just show up once a week and mass comment on everything that people have said, be present every day.
- Ask questions- The best way to get people to respond is to ask them a question something simple as ‘’I’m looking for a good movie to watch, any recommendations?’’, or, ‘’ How are you spending your days?’’.
I miss people I used to hang out with in college and I feel like I'm being annoying contacting them, what can I do?
Right now, we have been through self-isolation, lockdown over the past few months, and yes as we continue to social distance, it may feel like we are annoying people by contacting them on social platforms. But it is important to remember that during this time we need to emphasise the importance of social interaction for our mental health and well-being.
Below are some suggestions to help you stay connected to your college friends in the days and weeks ahead.
- Set up a schedule where ye arrange to Facetime, Zoom or WhatsApp at a set time during the day
- Decide to meet up once this is over
- Download Discord and make voice or video calls on your phone or laptop
- Set up a Netflix party
- Use Watch2Gether where you can watch YouTube and other online videos with friends
- Play Cards against Humanity with your friends online.
Any advice on how to deal with all of the negative news and media?
Being mindful of how we are feeling at this time is important. Noticing these feelings can help us to address them. If we are consuming too much information on the current outbreak is causing increased stress, step back and reduce/limit the time spent reading/listening to this information. Actively include digital disconnection time in your day. Be mindful of where you source your information from also; only use reputable sources such as;
We are disappointed that we could not return to more on-campus teaching as planned. But rest assured, once the restrictions on teaching on campus are lifted, our campus will be safe and ready for your return.