Students at Solihull Sixth Form College have been marking Mental Health Awareness Week with a series of events on campus, which have both raised money for charity and raised awareness of mental illness.
Students have been selling plants that they have grown themselves in College to raise money for Rethink Mental Illness. The plants on sale included seedlings for tomato, bean, sunflower and spider plants. Mental Health badges were also made and sold for charity.
A virtual event was also held on Monday evening, organised by a student society, which saw staff and students come together to discuss mental health, share their experiences and discuss tips for maintaining good mental health. Ex-student Ben Clarke, who left the College last summer, spoke during the Microsoft Teams event to explain how suffering with autism had impacted his mental health during his time in education. He left the College last summer having achieved outstanding success on his CACHE Childcare & Education course. Among the staff in the live event to talk about these services were Julie Maitland (counsellor) and Gavin Shephard (Health and Wellbeing Ambassador and Mental Health First Aider).
“Solihull Sixth Form College has long taken the mental health needs of our staff and students very seriously, but in light of the events of the last year, extra care and consideration is called for. That’s why I’m so delighted to see staff and students coming together to talk about mental health. The idea to sell plants was an inspired one, as we are particularly focussing on the healing powers of nature to aid mental wellbeing.”
Sonia Wood, Assistant Principal responsible for learning support and counselling at College
11 May 2021