Mental Health Awareness Week at Swindon and Wiltshire Institute of Technology

Mental Health Awareness Week is a crucial time for reflection and action regarding our mental wellbeing. At Swindon and Wiltshire Institute of Technology (SAWIOT), we are committed to fostering an environment where mental health is a priority.

The Importance of Mental Health Awareness

Mental health is an integral part of our overall wellbeing, affecting how we think, feel, and act. It also plays a significant role in determining how we handle stress, relate to others, and make decisions. By raising awareness, we can combat stigma, provide support, and encourage individuals to seek help when needed.

The Mindful Apprentice Podcast

In collaboration with Nationwide, we’ve created an enriching podcast series with The Sound Doctor focusing on nurturing mental health. We share insights, expert interviews and real stories providing valuable tools to navigate academic and personal challenges.

Our collective recognition of the escalating impact of mental health challenges on students propels our commitment to showcasing the spectrum of available support. From our dedicated services at SAWIOT to the invaluable contributions of mental health charities like MIND, and the significance of a compassionate friend or colleague, our podcast series is crafted to offer engaging and informative support in addressing these vital concerns.

Stream all episodes of “The Mindful Apprentice” Podcast here

We have qualified nurses who provide general health advice, first-aid, help and support with medical conditions and where needed, referral to specialist services. We have Mental Health & Wellbeing Student Mentors based in the Wellbeing Room who provide:

  • 1-to-1 meeting to discuss any concerns you may have
  • Daily drop in sessions 
  • Recommendations to teaching staff to support you in the classroom
  • A quiet space to come to
  • Signposting to internal support and external agencies
  • Transition support when making the move from school to college.

There is also a team of trained counsellors who can offer more intensive support for a period of time if you need to explore issues that may be affecting your mental health.

SAWIOT/North Star Campus phone line: 07435 911 243


For additional mental health support, please explore the following:

Togetherall – A 24/7 online support service for students who may be struggling with how they feel.

MIND – Mental health charity who aim to make mental health an everyday priority.

CAMHS – NHS service that assess and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.

Young Minds – Mental health charity for children and young people.

Prince’s Trust – Help for people aged 11 to 30 to build confidence, get a job or launch a business.

CALM – The #1 mental health app designed to help you manage stress, sleep better, and live a happier, healthier life.

Samaritans – A unique charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide.