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10 November 2021

Edinburgh College renews partnership with Penumbra

Edinburgh College has renewed a partnership with Scottish mental health service Penumbra, to help provide support to students affected by self-harm across the College.

Penumbra will host a number of Time 4 U sessions every Wednesday so students across the College’s four campuses will be able to book 1:1 sessions, to receive mental health support and talk about any concerns they might have.

Penumbra is one of Scotland’s largest mental health charities, supporting around 1800 adults and young people every week. Founded in 1985, Penumbra work to promote mental health and wellbeing for all, prevent mental ill health for people who are ‘at risk’, and to support people with mental ill health to live fulfilling lives.

Penumbra provides a wide range of services which offer hope and practical steps towards recovery, and campaign to increase public knowledge about mental health and to influence national and local government policy.

Time 4 U sessions 

A member of Penumbra’s self-harm team will be available Wednesday mornings (between 10am-1pm) for a 20 minute, 1:1 support session. These sessions will give students a chance to talk about any concerns they have around self-harm.

Whether you are personally affected by self-harm or supporting someone who is self-harming, these sessions will help offer a time and space for you to discuss concerns confidentially, and find out more about any additional support available.

Please book a spot by emailing isobel.allam@penumbra.org.uk with the following details:

  • Name

  • Availability

  • State that you are looking to book a self-harm support session as an Edinburgh College student (only an appointment will be offered, not support via email) 

Please note: you must get in touch via your Edinburgh College email address (only emails sent from a College email address will be processed). 

Out of hours support 

If you need out of hours support, there are a number of organisations that you can contact. Please see details below:

  • NHS24 on 111

  • Samaritans 24/7 on 116 123

  • Breathing Space (from 6pm) on 0800 83 85 87

  • Edinburgh Crisis Centre 24/7 on 0808 801 0414 (available for Edinburgh residents only)

For more information on Penumbra, visit www.penumbra.org.uk