Keighley College students raise £302 for World Mental Health Day
Health and Social Care students at Keighley College have raised more than £300 for Mind UK.
In honour of World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October, the students invited staff and students to join them for a cup of tea and a biscuit at the Keighley College kiosk.
Designed to encourage people to take a break and to promote positive wellbeing, the students ran a bake sale with the proceeds being donated to UK mental health charity, Mind.
On the promotional material for the event, the students explained:
“Getting together and talking to people is good for your mental health. At Keighley College we believe a brew and a chat with friends is a good way of staying connected and promotes good mental health for all.”
The college regularly runs fundraising events with Foundation Studies students raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support less than a month ago at the start of October.
World Mental Health Day
According to mentalhealth.org.uk,“The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is suicide prevention.”
Inspired by the event, Keighley College supported World Mental Health Day by promoting mindfulness and positive wellbeing in a variety of ways, including playing relaxing piano music.
In addition, Beauty students offered free relaxing hand massages and Health and Social Care students ran a bun, cake and sweet sale to raise money for Mind.
Running for more than 70 years, Mind mental health charity addresses a range of mental health problems and provides support and advice to as many individuals as possible.
Commenting on the warm and welcoming event, one student said: “The kettle’s always on at Keighley!”
Keighley College champions wellbeing
Keighley College regularly promotes positive mental health and provides wellbeing support to both staff and students.
The most notable example of this, is Chummy the Pug, a friendly puppy brought in to provide relief from stress and worries.
The college also has a dedicated Safeguarding team, devoted to ensuring all students and staff are kept free from harm. The college also cites “Welcoming” as one of its brand values and takes pride in providing an environment that is safe, healthy and inclusive.
Most recently, Keighley College was publicly thanked by the founder of Neurodiversity Celebration Week for signing up to take part in the event which will occur on 16-20 March, 2020.
The event is designed to acknowledge special education needs (SEN) and different neurodivergent conditions such as ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia to reduce stigma and negative connotations surrounding the conditions.
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