Tips to combat loneliness from our College Nurse at CATS London
10 May 2022
This week we are celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. This year, the theme is loneliness, which affects millions of people worldwide, including young people. We spoke to our College Nurse at CATS London, Adam Carroll, to hear his tips on how to combat loneliness as a young person in an international school.
Advice for students
Identifying the cause
The first step to combating loneliness is to identify the cause. Identifying this early on can help you plan your next steps to improve your mental wellbeing. Understanding what parts of your life could be affecting you mentally is important for everyone and can help you to eliminate negativity and encourage positive thoughts and surroundings.
Talking to your friends, peers, or staff members is a great step toward combatting loneliness in a school environment. Find people that you feel comfortable with and start building conversations. You don’t have to discuss that you’re feeling lonely if you don’t want to, but talking to people is a great way to feel less lonely and find new people you have things in common with.
Finding new hobbies
Finding new hobbies or taking part in things you enjoy can be a great way to occupy your mind and combat loneliness. At our schools, we have many after school activities for students to take part in, or there are many things you can do out of school, for example, exercising, going shopping, listening to music etc.
CATS London offers a range of activities and excursions for our students to encourage them to bond and make the most of their time in London.
We have recently appointed a new ‘Sports and Activities Officer’ who will be responsible for organising sporting events like football and basketball. As well as sightseeing trips, experiences (like escape rooms), and excursions. Our boarding students have a well-sized common room where they can socialise together, listen to music, play video games, board games and table tennis.
At CATS London, we have a Pastoral Team that provides support to every student who requires it. In addition, we also have many staff members who attended the Mental Health First Aid training course. We discuss mental well-being and student life during our daily Personal Tutor sessions and weekly Personal Development sessions. The College Nurse has a number of resources to provide students with if they are going through a difficult time.
If you are at any one of our schools and are having issues with your mental health, we are here to help! We have many members of staff within our schools who are trained to support you with your problems and help you feel at home.
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