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Students get crafty to promote positive mental health

28th June 2017

Dream catchers, stress balls and a “Things to do when you are blue” pot filled with positive activity suggestions, were among the items that Supported Learning students made during their MIND ‘Crafternoon’ event held at the college.

The idea behind the event was to promote art and craft as positive activities for mental health, as well as raising funds and awareness for mental health charity MIND.

In addition to the craft activities, the students took part in a dynamic and interactive session delivered by Wellbeing and Tutorial Support staff, which saw students introduced to mindfulness exercises, informed them about how to access support, and a guided discussion around identifying when healthy behaviour can become unhealthy. 

Wellbeing Team Leader Jock Downey orchestrated a group jamming session, courtesy of the musical instrument library held by the Wellbeing Team, and this was followed by an energetic dance-off led by Supported Learning Lecturer Tom Egleton.

Supported Learning Lecturer Cherry Hamilton, who helped organise the event, said:

“Staff and students responses were really positive and the event was declared a success! We will aim to repeat this next year and develop the delivery to include external agencies and more groups.”