The College invited a number of charities and organisations to be a part of its annual Mental Health Week, which took place between 25th – 29th November.
Guests included Hampshire-based young person’s mental & sexual health charity No Limits, Inside Out Counselling, Havant & East Hampshire Mind, Solent NHS Trust, Lalys Pharmacy and the Southern Universities Network.
Highbury College Mental Health & Care Advisor Janet Cummings said: “Healthy mind, healthy body – mental wellbeing is all encompassing and so vital for people of all ages but especially for young adults who are navigating the modern world. A healthy mind is more receptive to learning and supports the development of healthier relationships, something which is essential inside the College environment as well as outside in the wider community.
Mental Health Week proved a great way to start conservations and raised the profile of mental health with our students. Thank you to all the organisations who took part in this special week of events.”
During the week, Level 3 public services students also organised the College’s first charity Sports Day. The action-packed day was designed to improve mental health through physical activity and raise money for fire & rescue mental health charity The Firefighters Charity. Overall, the students have raised more than £350 for the cause.
Level 3 BTEC 90-Credit Diploma in Public Service student Kitty Cleeve created an obstacle course, which she adapted so students of all abilities could tackle.
She said: “It was rewarding for myself but also for the students who took part because they found out they could things they hadn’t ever done before. It made me feel proud.
“Challenges can be good for you – everyone was challenged on the obstacle course and when you complete it, it builds up your confidence. Like with coursework, I can tell myself ‘I can do this’ after I’ve done a physical task, which has given me that mental strength and motivation.”