Huddersfield New College today revealed that it has launched a special guide for students to help them to stay happy, healthy and motivated during lockdown.

The short guide ‘Happy Healthy Minds & Bodies’ is a positive and supportive resource that contains a range of ideas and tips for supporting good mental health and further information and advice about what students can do if they are concerned about their mental well-being.

Linked to this, the College has launched a range of competitions to help students say busy and focussed during lockdown, along with highlighting a range of opportunities that will help students to use lockdown to invest in their future selves – or simply have a little fun.

Although lockdown of course has limited some of the opportunities and activities available to students, it has opened the door to many more and HNC is working to highlight the surprising number of opportunities on offer, and how universities and employers will be keen to see that students have used lockdown constructively.  The guide also contains a form students can complete to help them to record their experiences and goals. This can then be uploaded to a student’s personal record, and provide evidence for future university and job applications.

Lee Goddard, Vice Principal comments: “We know students are finding lockdown tough, particularly during winter and a time where there is still uncertainty over the awarding of grades this summer. It has never been more important to protect our mental and physical well-being, and to seek help if needed. The guide provides some simple hints and tips to help students look after themselves and stay motivated, along with ideas for things they can do to stay busy and have fun – many of which will actually be an investment in their future. We genuinely have something for everyone and a great mix of simple and more challenging activities and competitions.”

“Opting to sit the Microsoft Office Specialist exam for example doesn’t just give students another qualification – it demonstrates motivation and key skills in world leading software programmes. Similarly, joining the HNC Book Club and reviewing new and varied books shows students are open to new ideas. We know lockdown is difficult, and we are here to help. This guide is part of our support for students, and helping them to understand how they can positively protect their mental health and well-being during the current pandemic.”

To take a look at our guide, click here.


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