Students help to host an event to promote positive wellbeing

Connect 5 2017 event

Social Care and Childhood Studies students joined forces with Derbyshire County Council, and the Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, last week to encourage students and staff from Chesterfield College to adopt 5 simple things to help them stay healthy and improve their happiness.

The '5 Ways to Wellbeing' event was designed to demonstrate how following the proven Connect 5 model of being active, connecting with the people around you, noticing the positives, learning and giving can boost your wellbeing.

A range of local organisations were on hand to give practical advice and guidance about a range of ways to Connect 5. There were plenty of practical activities to get involved in from rock painting to hand massage and much more.

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Connect 5 2017 - NHSHealth & Social Care student, Rebecca Clifford who wants to be a mental health nurse said;

“There is a big stigma around mental health. People still struggle to talk about it so I hope events like this help people to open up. It is a real eye opener to see how easily we can all do 5 achievable things in life that help us to feel better and stay healthy.”

Health & Social Care student, Megan Cauldwell said:

“It has been good to be involved in planning this event because we’ve learnt a lot about the organisations out there who can provide support to improve wellbeing. We were given the task to contact them and get them involved and it is good to see how positive people are about getting involved today.”

James Bloor, one of people involved in organising the event, was diagnosed with Bipolar in his mid-thirties but suffered with depression since he was a teenager. He said;

“It is so important to run events like this in colleges. I got involved to make sure people can access early support and find ways to look after their own wellbeing so they don’t have to go through what I did.”

“Being able to look after your own mental health is important for everyone but students at this age are particularly vulnerable. The 5 ways to wellbeing are easy to remember and encompass so many things. They keep you socialising which is vital to give you positive mental health.”

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