21st May 2018
Last week, York College hosted a range of events in support of Mental health Awareness Week 2018, including Animal Therapy and mental health workshops.
Last week the College was full of activity to support Mental Health Awareness week. This years’ focus has been stress awareness – a theme that particularly resonates at this busy time of year. As a result, last week’s activities focused on keeping positive and also managing and reducing stress.
We’ve had a “Positivi-tree”, a hardy little silver birch which was covered in green paper tags displaying positive comments from students to other students. Later the tree will be planted on the college grounds as a symbol of growing positivity.
We were also visited by external speakers delivering sessions on Managing Exam Stress and two workshops on Mindfulness, giving students and staff the toolkits to reset thinking and calm the mind. On Thursday our atrium was buzzing with local companies and charities all keen to raise awareness of mental health issues and how they can be accessed in times of need.
The most memorable moment will probably be the Animal Therapy, which took over lounge on one on Wednesday. Bunnies were cuddled, lambs were tickled and the students completely relaxed; “It’s been really good, taking the stress of exams away”, “It was heart-warming” and “So happy!! Chilled out, the exam stress is gone”. Many students asked whether they could take one of the animals into the exams with them - surely a goat eating your exam paper would be an excuse never heard by the exam boards before?!
A huge thank you to all staff who supported this event and made it possible.