Mental Health Awareness Event for New Health Students

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New Foundation degree students in the University of Worcester’s Institute of Health and Society had the opportunity to increase their knowledge of mental health issues and local provision at a special event.

The mental health awareness and wellbeing event was jointly organised by the University and the Early Intervention Service from Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, during the students’ induction week.

Students met NHS staff from a range of mental health and physical health services and participated in discussions and practical activities throughout the afternoon  including zumba classes, mindfulness sessions and wellbeing screening checks.

Briony Williams, Head of Allied Health Sciences Academic Unit at the University, said: “The Foundation degree students have placements lasting for two years; working with children, young people and adults in different settings. The event enabled students to increase their understanding of the mental health services on offer in the local area, which will be extremely valuable knowledge for their future practice supporting service users.”

The event organisers planned events which would allow students to increase understanding of mental health and help to combat discrimination.

As exercise and mindfulness have both been linked to reduced stress and improving mental health, students and staff had the opportunity to participate in both a Zumba exercise class and mindfulness sessions.

Jo Smith, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust Early Intervention Lead, said: “Most major mental health problems have their onset in youth when many young people are embarking on a number of transitions and facing various stresses for the first time. This event was held to educate fresher students from the University of Worcester and to teach them about the signs to look out for, as well promoting positive physical and mental health.”