This page has information about the following:
- Looking after your mental health
- Employability for students with disabilities, learning differences and health conditions
- Useful free Chrome extensions for productivity.
If you have had mental health support during university, you might find the following links helpful:
If you are reading this and feel unsafe in any way, please contact your local GP or phone 111.
Are you, or is a young person you know, not coping with life? For confidential suicide prevention advice, please contact Papyrus.
Time to Change
Time to Change is a campaign group which aims to improve attitudes and reduce stigma around mental health.
Rethink Mental Illness
This logo shows that an employer has signed up to the Disability Confident Scheme and is committed to recruiting and retaining disabled people. There are three levels:
Cornwall Job Centres are actively promoting Disability Confident Employment and training local employers. They have details of local employers with the award. There is also a national spreadsheet of employers.
Access to Work Scheme
If you are disabled or have a physical or mental health condition that makes it harder to do your job, you can ask your employer to make reasonable adjustments in the workplace. These might include changing your working hours or providing equipment to help you do your job. If these reasonable adjustments are not enough, you can apply for Access to Work. This is a grant which may cover special equipment, support worker services and help getting to and from work.
To be eligible, you must have a disability, learning difference or health condition which makes it hard to do parts of your job (or get to work). You must also be 16+, live in Great Britain and have a paid job (or be about to start one). If you apply in your first six weeks at a new job, your employer won't have to pay any costs.
MyPlus Students' Club
My Plus Students' Club provides advice and support for graduate job seekers with disabilities and has job vacancies posted by Disability Confident employers.
EmployAbility is another site for students and graduates with disabilities and learning differences who are looking for work. They can help with CVs and applications, mock interviews, disclosing a disability and advice on reasonable adjustments.
Blind in Business
Blind in Business provides support and guidance for blind and partially-sighted graduates looking for a job. This includes help with application forms, preparing for interviews, advice on equipment and networking opportunities with others.
Game Changer is a lottery-funded project (ending November 2019) for Cornish residents aged 15 - 24. Its aim is to help you develop the skills you need to find employment or set up your own business.
Download the full employability factsheet here.
Chrome extensions are small programs which let you add features to your browser. For example, use them to:
- change your screen's background
- declutter pages
- change font and font size
- read text out loud
- block distracting websites
- save all your tabs to one page
- 'clip' and annotate pages
- check your grammar and spelling
- remind you to do tasks
- access archived websites
- check whether websites are secure
and so much more!
See our Chrome extensions page for information and suggestions.
See also our Tools and Apps pages for other free tech tools (Mac, PC, iOS, Android).