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Students and staff at South Essex College wore yellow to raise awareness on World Mental Health Day last Thursday.
The college encouraged everyone to wear bright attire to raise funds for Young Minds charity’s ‘Hello Yellow’ campaign on Thursday, but most importantly, to talk about mental health and break the stigma surrounding this important issue.
A total of £481.38 was raised on the day for the charity.
The day was organised by the college’s Safeguarding team, with manager Sue Walsh hailing it a ‘huge success.’
She said: “It was great to see so many people wear yellow or dress down to raise awareness for this important issue.
“Mental health is something we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about but there is still a big stigma that we all need to break down so everyone knows it’s ok to talk.
“The college has a dedicated safeguarding team on hand at each campus so students can access support if they need it.”
Earlier this year, 12 members of staff from across the college qualified as mental health first aiders.
The group completed a two day course, run by Mental Health First Aid England, which looked at a range of mental health issues and challenged stereotypes, meaning those in need can access dedicated support.