Ayrshire College’s month-long mental health awareness campaign
Ayrshire College’s #mymentalhealthmatters campaign was brought to a close at the Kilwinning Campus by its Health and Social Care students.
Every year Ayrshire College organises a month-long campaign, from 10 September (World Suicide Prevention Day) to 10 October (World Mental Health Day), to highlight the importance of looking after your mental health.
The students held the final #mymentalhealthmatters event in the Kilwinning Campus foyer to raise awareness of mental health and the support that is available.
The groups set up stalls with information leaflets and activities aimed at helping both staff and students recognise that anyone can suffer from mental health issues and that it should not be stigmatized.
NC Higher Health and Social Care student Stuart Wotherspoon, 24 from Kilwinning, said “Some people might not know exactly which services are out there that can help with mental health issues, so it’s important for us to raise awareness of this to students.”
Joe Munro, Health and Social Care lecturer at Ayrshire College, said “Students from the NC Higher Health and Social Care and Access to Nursing classes went all out to ensure the event, which was entirely student led, proved a huge hit.
“The day featured 6 foot tall inflatable dinosaurs, interactive iPad gameshows, celebrity stigma quizzes, distraction boxes and mental health continuum activities. Lots of information leaflets and other goodies were also on offer including: free pizza kindly donated by Dominos and free fruit donated by Tesco.”
Other activities that took place across the month include:
- A digital campaign with daily messages that signposted students and staff to external support agencies.
- An art exhibition at the Ayr Campus themed around mental health.
- A ‘Pass the Badge’ campaign, where holders of a ‘See Me’ badge would pass it on after 24 hours with the following statistics:
- 1 in 4 people in Scotland will suffer some form of mental health issue in their lifetime
- Of those who do, 9 out of 10 report experiencing stigma and discrimination.
Lisa Little, Ayrshire College Health, Safety and Wellbeing Advisor, led the campaign and she said “The idea of this campaign was to raise awareness around mental health. We all have mental health and 1 in 4 people will experience a mental illness every year. It’s important that we keep talking about it every day and not just during this campaign. Our mental health matters!”