Furness College hosts its first mental health festival.
Furness College students took time out of the classroom to improve their own wellness skills at the college’s first Mental Health and Wellness Festival in partnership with Inspira.
Students spent time talking to over 20 charities, consultancy, sports and support organizations to learn skills to use throughout their lives.
This marked the completion of their Level 1 qualification in Mental Health, which they studied at the Channelside campus this term alongside their majors.
Student services manager Sarah Carter, who worked with local Inspira employment and engagement manager Lauren Jackson to organize the event, said it was well attended.
“It’s a good time for students to reflect on what they’ve learned and celebrate the new set of skills they’ll have acquired through qualification.”
“We are truly grateful to Inspira for their support and would like to thank each of the organizations that supported this event. We hope Rating Lane next month will be just as successful.
Lauren, from Inspira, said it was a “fulfilling and impactful event” organized with the college and the students’ union.
“I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who attended the festival and provided the young people at Furness College with much needed advice and guidance on their mental health and wellbeing.”
Among the participants was CancerCare, which created a care tree for participants.
Mai Harrison of CancerCare said: “Students had the opportunity to place fingerprint sheets as a symbol of how emotional support leads to growth.
“We donated the tree to the college in remembrance of all the wonderful groups and students who came to the event.”
Barrow Community Sports Trust also took part in a popular spider ball activity in The Street.
Craig Rutherford of the Trust said it was a great opportunity to promote their volunteering journeys while reinforcing the value of sport for mental health.
“Volunteering can promote the health and well-being of young people by making them feel like they are part of something, giving them a sense of pride, something to focus on and also allowing them to give back to their community. local.
Amy Armstrong and Gemma Ducie of Barnardo’s – Project John said the event also allowed them to network and find ways to work with other organizations.
Amy said: ‘We spoke to students and provided support strategies to take care of themselves and get the message across not just to take care of themselves physically but mentally.’
There will be an event for sixth form students at Barrow Sixth Form on Tuesday 6th December from 12pm to 2pm.