Derby College Group (DCG) has launched a special toolkit to help students recognise triggers to mental health issues and better manage their own well-being - and offered the opportunity for some animal therapy as well.
The SEEDS programme is available on the college’s intranet and stands for the key ingredients to mental wellbeing: sleep, exercise, eat healthy, discuss and self-help. It offers practical advice on these key aspects and students to the support available both at College and externally.
SEEDS was officially launched during a series of activities to mark World Mental Health Awareness Day.
Activities for students at Broomfield Hall college included petting sessions with some of the resident small animals and creatures at the Animal Care centre, craft activities and fitness challenges.
Helen Jefferson is DCG director of services for students and designated senior lead for mental health. She explained: “We have wide-ranging support in place for students but were keen to offer practical advice so that they can better recognise the triggers and understand the link between a healthy lifestyle and mental well-being.
“SEEDS has been specially developed within the college and we look forward to the feedback from students as they make use of the toolkit in the coming weeks and months.”
Meanwhile staff and Business students from the Roundhouse college supported East Midlands Railway’s R U OK campaign at Derby Station – encouraging passengers to speak up about stress and anxiety.
Students gave out leaflets and manned an Act of Kindness wall where people posted positive comments - and Timmy the Tenrec was amongst the animals available to cuddle.