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Mental health outreach provision

Edinburgh College working in partnership with NHS Lothian Community Mental Health

Edinburgh College has a team based in Ballenden House and Inchkeith House in Edinburgh who work in partnership with the NHS Lothian Community Mental Health. The team offer Multi Subject workshops which allow people whose mental health difficulties have affected their ability to study, to gain qualifications and study skills and build confidence, at a pace that suits them, and with a timetable which agrees with their own particular circumstances. Students can

  • join at any point during the year on a roll on, roll off basis for up to three years
  • sit assessments in the community base rather than in college
  • gradually work up to moving on to college if appropriate
  • be supported to take the next step into HE, employment or volunteering

The team also offer courses in Communication, Confidence Building and Assertiveness, Stress Management and literacy and numeracy.

Attendance is by referral from a health care professional or keyworker, and currently supports about 160 students a year.