Huddersfield New College has announced it is inviting students to mark World Mental Health Day 2020 by joining a special competition which invites them wear something yellow and share more about what positive mental health and well-being means to them.

Next week the College is linking to Young Minds #HelloYellow campaign which is part of the wider World Mental Health Day 2020 celebrations. World Mental Health Day focuses on encouraging everyone to prioritise their mental health and do one thing better for their own mental well-being. This has always been a priority for College. However, in response to the challenges presented by a world-wide pandemic and statistics that state over two thirds of young people are reporting lock down has had a negative impact on their mental health, HNC is supporting the national ‘Every Mind Matters' campaign with a 'Every Mind Matters @ HNC’ programme which offers a range of additional support and signposting.

Over the course of next week, students are invited to send or tweet a picture of them wearing something yellow and write up to 100 words about what positive mental health means to them and how their tip could help others. A £20 voucher will be awarded to the best piece of advice.

Emily Bolton, one of the College’s Mental Health Champions, comments: “Lockdown is having a huge impact on us all, and these uncertain times are challenging. Looking after our mental well-being has never been more important. Even the smallest things can have a hugely positive impact from chatting over Facetime to a friend or going for a walk. Equally the smallest things like a thank you, a nice note or noticing that someone is not quite themselves and asking them if they are OK can make a huge difference to others. We are here for all our students, whilst always highlighting ways that they can actively protect their mental well-being. The #HelloYellow campaign is a great way to raise the profile of the impact small, positive changes can have and we can’t wait to read the tips our students share!”

Submissions can be sent to our Mental Health Champions e.bolton@huddnewcoll.ac.uk or e.fisher@huddnewcoll.ac.uk and we’d love you to tweet your pictures to @huddnewcoll

 


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