In support of mental health awareness week staff and students at West Suffolk College have provided a host of different resources to aid with mental health and wellbeing in all students.
As part of the project the College library have created a ‘Wellbeing Wall’ with brand new books and information around mindfulness and wellbeing. There is also a table with different worksheets, colouring sheets, mind jars and mindful moments in the hope the resources can bring calm and reflection to a student’s day.
Trudy Waterton-Duly, Learning Services Coordinator at the College Library and project lead said: “It is important to introduce wellbeing and mindfulness to our students because it can help improve their academic attainment and achievement and it can support them with their mental health.”
Trudy continued: “At this time of year many students are completing their end of year assignments & taking exams which can cause stress and anxiety. As a team we felt it important to help students understand how to look after themselves and cope with any stresses they may have by promoting our wellbeing and mindfulness resources and activities including mindful moments and mind jars”.
Also as part of the mental health awareness week the College have invited Wellbeing Suffolk in who will be providing leaflets and information to the students about body image and mental health. Some of the students also hosted their own mental health stand with resources and information to hand out to fellow students.
Staff members also hosted a mindfulness and wellbeing event named ‘Be a well being’ where they set time aside to encourage students to meet with them to pick up top tips to aid relaxation, make their own stress balls and to help themselves to a ‘mindful moment’ where they can pick out words of encouragement.