Priestley College is committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of its students. In fact, it is one of our priorities.

Support is available through a pastoral team of tutors, a counsellor and a wellbeing practitioner, Caroline Atkinson, who was appointed recently to support students and promote positive mental health amongst the college community.

In 2020 we reaffirmed that commitment by signing a new national charter focussed on protecting the mental health of our learners.

The 11-point document, created by the Association of Colleges in conjunction with mental health experts, includes commitments to:

  • Promoting equality of opportunity and challenging mental health stigma
  • Providing appropriate mental health training for staff
  • Providing targeted individual mental health support where appropriate

This page will offer you some support, but it is only a starting point and if you need more help do not hesitate to ask. You can do so via the Request Support button or by speaking to Personal or Progress Tutors.

Request support

Complete the form to request support form our Well-being Team.
Every Mind Matters

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. Follow this link for expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing > Every Mind Matters

Keys to happiness

During even the most difficult times there are some keys to happiness that can help. Here are six of the most important ones that we think can make a difference to you right now..

Sinking Feeling

Sinking Feeling is PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide’s short film which has been created in collaboration with the BAFTA Award-winning animation studio, Blue Zoo. Launched on World Suicide Prevention Day 2021, Sinking Feeling explores themes of loneliness, isolation and the importance of peer support; it tackles the heart-breaking reality …

Advice and support groups

Priestley College Counsellor – Students can refer themselves to the college counsellor via Student Services or Progress Tutors.

Learning Support Drop-In – Priestley holds a drop-in for anyone needing support before, during and after exams. This takes places in the LRC.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services 

Childlinetrained counsellors offer help to anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.  Call 08001111

Warrington Primary Care Psychological Service 

Papyrus  PAPYRUS UK is a charity for the prevention of young suicide (under 35) in the UK | Call PAPYRUS HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 4141 Now.

Happy? OK? Sad? – if you need immediate help, or ongoing support, please contact

NHS North West – ‘Mind Works’ drop in clinic 01925 579405 

‘Make Time’ – Warrington’s 5 steps to Wellbeing 

Samaritans Whatever you’re going through, you can call any time, from any phone for FREE. On 116123 or email  jo@samaritans.org

Young Minds – 0808 802 5544  

Koothonline counselling and support

Screen addiction – if you find you are spending too much time on your phone or tablet you can get help here > Responsible Digital Use

Rehab4addiction – assist those affected by substance misuse and their loved ones

Teen Mental Health – A Guide for Parents

If the situation gets worse or for anyone worried about their safety please don’t wait. In a crisis you should contact The Mental Health Crisis Line on 08000511508,  NHS 111, 999 or attend Accident and Emergency.

Missing People – The only UK charity lifeline for anyone affected by someone going missing. For support call 116 000.

PAUSE – a non-clinical approach and setting, providing a safe community space where people can talk openly about their mental health

Axess Warrington is currently closed to all walk in patients.  Anyone needing to see a specialist will be triaged over the phone and may be given an appointment if needed. Call 0300 3231300

A range of free online services are being offered including:

  • Postal full sexual health screening
  • Possible Postal treatment for Chlamydia
  • Postal contraception including emergency contraception
  • Postal condom scheme

For more information go to Access Clinic

The Wired Carers service helps carers to lead full and independent lives, fully participating in society. Wired promotes the equality, dignity and independence of disadvantaged people and works to a number of key principles:

  • Empowerment: we believe that people should have control over their own lives.
  • Choice of where to live and how to maintain independence without over protection.
  • Consultation: involvement in service planning by disadvantaged people and carers.
  • Information: clear and easily available.
  • Participation in local, regional and national communities.
  • Autonomy: the freedom to make decisions about life.


To access the Wired Young Adult Carers Service, or for more information, call 01925 633 492 email grahamcartwright@wired.me.uk or wycadmin@wired.me.uk


Wired Carers Centre 86 Sankey Street Warrington WA1 1SG

Leaving college can be one of the most exciting, but also most overwhelming times in your life.

You go suddenly from routine and timetables to having nothing planned at all.

It’s natural to feel a little insecure about it all but don’t fret, life post-college really is the start of the most exciting chapter.

Leaving Priestley does not mean that we forget about you!

Post Priestley Support Package

UK Safer Internet Centre have developed a library of educational resources that covers all age ranges and focus on using the internet safely > UK Safer Internet Centre


Staying well during the pandemic

We have prepared several wellbeing guides to support students during lockdown.

They include tips on nutrition, the importance of routine and exercise. You can also find out more about how to stay well at home and ways to improve mental health.

Relaxation techniques

This useful guide will be of use to anyone in need of some relief from stress. Take a look and see what techniques work for you.

Student welfare email
If you wish to seek support /advice from the pastoral team at college, the email is available below and someone will be checking this on a regular basis.


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