Students Matthew Billyard, Ryan Moore and workers from Easington Healthworks, Dominique Dudley and Mick Kileen

College To Host Mental Health Awareness Days

Fri, 2002-01-25 00:00

This week East Durham College hosted a two-day event to help raise awareness of mental health issues amongst students.

The EDC Mental Health Awareness Event was organised to help promote the difficulties surrounding mental health issues as well as showing students how to cope with the problems associated to it.

The two days, the first at the Houghall Campus on Tuesday followed by an event at the Peterlee Campus featured a number of different exhibition stands from both students and outside partner organisations.

Stalls included students from the College’s beauty department giving out de-stressing massages, Childcare students promoted information on dealing with post natal depression, Floristry students showed people how smells can help calm and animal care students showed people the relaxing effects of petting animals.

Stands from a number of partners include Hartlepool Mind mental health team, Horizon Young Care and 4real County Durham Drug and Alcohol care.

Nora Gregory, Students Services manager at East Durham College, believes the days help students understand problems with mental health and also how to cope when the problems occur.

Nora said: “Illness to someone’s mental health is a serious matter and we believe that these days helped show students the problems surrounding it.

“We also think that these days helped to show the students how to cope correctly when presented with problems of mental health and show them what support is available in the local area.”