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Students and staff at Nescot are taking part in a range of activities for Mental Health Awareness Week, 13 – 19 May 2024.

The activities promote five ways of wellbeing – Connect, Be Active, Take Note, Keep Learning and Give. In addition, students and staff are also being encouraged to ‘Wear it Green’ all week to show their support and help raise awareness. Ahead of the week, students on our Public Services course sold green ribbon badges and wristbands to raise funds for charities.

During the week, guest speakers Ben Gallagher and Patrick Foster from the Mintridge Foundation will share their own experiences on mental health with students and staff in the college’s Adrian Mann Theatre. The talks are part of the college’s series of ‘NES Talks’ (Nescot Educational seminars) to encourage and motivate our learners.

Julie Kapsalis, Principal and CEO at Nescot said, “Nescot are getting involved to improve the support and awareness of mental health within the college. We need to work together to raise awareness, understand and be able to help those in need on a day-to-day basis.”

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is Movement: moving more for our mental health. Movement can have positive effects on our mental health by reducing stress and anxiety, improving mood, and enhancing our sleep quality and cognitive function. For more information and to get involved visit mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw

Nescot works hard to support students with their mental health, with a professional team offering specialist support with issues from finance to professional counselling. Read more here.

For help in a mental health crisis please click here.

For information on our distance learning course on Mental Health First Aid and Advocacy in the Workplace visit our website here.