Health & Wellbeing

Your health and wellbeing is very important to us and we’re passionate about creating a healthy college environment, to help keep everyone happy, active and at their best.


Health and happiness

Health and wellbeing isn’t just about eating well or exercising. We work with students and staff all across the College to promote a rounded approach to a healthy lifestyle, with a strong focus on mental health and social interactions.

We began our approach to becoming a 'Healthy College' back in 2009, and since then we’ve implemented a whole range of healthy initiatives across our campuses.

From free, healthy breakfasts to help you start the day in a morning, to help stopping smoking or giving up alcohol. We’re committed to helping everyone at College be as happy and healthy as possible.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter

We are committed to every student and staff member’s mental health and wellbeing. That’s why we’ve signed up to the Association of Colleges Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter.

The Charter, created by the Association of Colleges in conjunction with mental health experts, has 11-points that 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

Download the Charter.

Supporting you

All of our teams are here to support your health and wellbeing throughout your time with us.

Our on-campus Counselling service can help students experiencing a range of difficulties that are affecting their mental health and wellbeing. As a student, if you feel overwhelmed, stressed, experience difficulties with your mental health, personal life, or studies, you can access our confidential support and advice. Students can drop-in to arrange an appointment or be referred by their tutor.

If you need support or advice you can access lots of external services, both local and national:

Service Area Age About When Access
Kooth Sefton, Liverpool 11-25 Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, although counsellors are only online between 12pm-10pm during the week and 6pm-10pm weekends Download the app or visit
Hub of Hope National All ages 24-hour crisis support access. A Mental Health database that identifies services local to your area - free, downloadable app on iOS and Android devices 24-hour access to services offering crisis support Download the app or visit
The Life Rooms Bootle St Winefride’s Campus 18+ Life Rooms Bootle offer physical and mental wellbeing support to the local community and work closely with Hugh Baird College in supporting students 9:30am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday. Closed 20th Dec to 6th Jan 68 Merton Rd, Bootle L20 7AT. Call 0151 330 6461 or drop in
Young Minds National Up to 25 The Young Minds Crisis Messenger supports those across the UK experiencing a mental health crisis. Free 24/7 support across the UK Text YM to 85258. Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus. Parents Helpline – call 0808 802 5544.
Samaritans National All ages Samaritans works to make sure there's always someone there for anyone who needs someone 365 days, 24/7 Freephone 116 123 or visit
Access Sefton Sefton 16+ A free, confidential service, available to anyone aged 16+ and registered with a Sefton GP Monday - Tuesday: 8am-8pm, Wednesday - Friday: 8am-5pm Fill out their online form, call 0300 303 2708 or email
SWAN Woman’s Centre Sefton 14-18 SWAN provides support and 1:1 Counselling for young women Monday: 9am–8pm, Tuesday: 9am–7pm, Wednesday: 9am–8pm, Thursday: 9am–4pm, Friday: 9am–3pm 6 Linacre Rd, Litherland, Bootle, L21 6NH
Venus Sefton 18+ Support, advice and information. Drop-in services including; counselling service for women 16+, debt, benefit and housing advice Monday to Friday: 9am–5pm 215 Linacre Ln, Bootle, L20 6AD
The Star Centre Sefton Up to 18 Counselling, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), psychoeducation, peer support and family therapy General drop-in: Mondays and Wednesdays: 3pm-7pm 98b Linacre Lane, Bootle, L20 6ES
MIND National All ages MIND provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem Visit, call 0300 123 3393 or text 86463
The Reach Mens Centre Sefton 18+ Reach provide a range of services aimed at reducing social isolation and improving the mental health of men in the area Tuesdays: 1:30pm-3:30pm, Fridays: 11am–1pm Visit Linacre Neighbourhood Centre, Linacre Road, Litherland, L21 8NS
Time To Change National All ages A national campaign to change the way people think and act about mental health problems 365 days, 24/7
Mental Health Believe UK National All ages Supports anyone affected by mental health 365 days, 24/7 Call 116 123. Text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258. Visit
Liverpool Light Liverpool All ages A safe space people can go to if they feel they are in a mental health crisis but do not feel ready or able to present at hospital. 7 days a week: 6pm–12am Visit 185 London Rd, Liverpool L3 8JG