How mental health can affect children and young people was the focus of lessons for health and social care students at City of Wolverhampton College during World Mental Health Day on Tuesday, 10 October.

Around 40 students, studying for Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications, learnt about the effects of stress, anxiety and depression on everyday life, rated how they were feeling themselves, and wrote positive messages of support to young people who struggle with poor mental health.

They also raised awareness of support available by handing out stickers provided by Young Minds – the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people – and promoted the charity’s #HelloYellow campaign by running a photo booth with yellow props.

And, in a further boost, the students worked as a team and sold sweets and cakes at the Wellington Road campus, raising £62 for the charity.

Student Tia Griffiths, aged 16, who is studying for a Level 3 certificate in health and social care, said: “We wanted to raise awareness of mental health to help other young people improve their feelings, as well as raise money for the charity, and are proud that we worked together to achieve our goal.”

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