World Mental Health Day 2018
Our Well-being and Mental Health Ambassadors turned the college green in support of World Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10 October.
The ambassadors arranged a cake and samosa sale to support a local and national charity, encouraged students to wear green in exchange for a donation and generally encourages students to speak to another about their mental health.
They raised £130 from the cake and ribbon sales which will be split between a local charity LAMP, who have offered mental health services in Leicestershire for the last thirty years, and the Mental Health Foundation, a national charity.
The ambassadors have also set up an anonymous agony aunt box in Academic Support where students can write down their concerns and problems and the team will contact them privately to offer advise.
Sue Ashwin, Associate Principal commented:
At WQE the mental ill health of our young people is a growing concern; as it is nationally. Staff and students here are keen to understand more about this and work together to develop strategies and support mechanisms for those struggling with mental ill health.
We are delighted with the range of awareness raising activities and information made available by our Mental Health Ambassadors – it’s crucial that students themselves are working to support each other and develop a better understanding of this topic. The group is being led by Lucy Simpson (Academic Coach) and supports the strategic involvement the college has with the AoC.
It’s timely to see a suicide prevention minister appointed yesterday as the global world mental health summit opens in London- the more support there is at a national level for this agenda and the more resources that became available directly to schools and colleges the better we can support our students.
As a college we continue to raise awareness of mental health and support those who need our help.