Student Counselling & Wellbeing Service

Shanelle, Student Counsellor

Hi! My name is Shanelle, and I am a new member of Forth Valley College’s Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service. I am a Person-Centred Counsellor and excited to be part of the new team.

I would like to talk to you a little bit about Togetherall – have you heard of this before? You may have heard of it by the former name of Big White Wall. This is an amazing platform that you, as a student have free access to online!

Community: Togetherall is a safe and confidential online platform, accessible 24/7 where you can explore lots of information about mental health difficulties and speak to others on the online community. It is an anonymous platform- where you don’t use your real name and you can create a username to keep your identity hidden.

This platform allows you to help others if you wish to join in, share and talk on the community – or ask for support from others with how they help themselves to look after their mental health. Togetherall is kept safe by trained practitioners who oversee the forum and can lend a helping hand to this process of helping one another in this online environment.

Resources: There is a range of tools, resources and information available, which you can access on Togetherall – that can help you on your journey to better mental health and wellbeing. You may be looking for more information and tips on how to cope with these difficulties or can use the artistic resources to express your emotions and share this with others. You can create your own online journal, create goals or track your progress over time.

Courses: There is an option to enrol on online self-help courses – with a variety of different topics that will help empower you to understand what you may be feeling, and gain more control over your mental health. There is no pressure or deadlines for these courses! Take it at your own pace, it’s there for you whenever you need it – and you can talk to others on the course to share tips on what’s helping them with their emotional wellbeing. Some examples of these courses include, Managing Anger and Improve Your Sleep.

You may not feel ready to come to ourselves at the counselling and wellbeing service, or you may want to look at this platform anonymously as a first step. There is no judgement and no stigma on Togetherall and it’s a safe community that you can access from home. All you need to do is register with your college email here.

Alternatively, you can get in touch with the College College Counselling Service at scs@forthvalley.ac.uk or email one of our Learner Advisers – learneradvisers@forthvalley.ac.uk.