The City Of Liverpool College Marks World Mental Health Day 

STUDENTS at The City of Liverpool College marked World Mental Health Day with an afternoon of raising awareness of the importance of looking after mental health. A range of events and activities were put on at the Learning Exchange at the Roscoe Street campus, including drama, music and comedy from performing arts students. Visitors also took part in holistic therapies, sports and enjoyed food made by catering students as they took advice and guidance on health and wellbeing from Liverpool Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Barnados, Liverpool City Council and the NHS. The City of Liverpool College is the only further education institute in the UK to offer children and adult mental health services on campus which Dee Fearnhead, the college’s Counselling and Wellbeing Manager, says is now “more vital than ever”. Dee said: “We wanted to mark World Mental Health Day to help remove the stigma of mental health and for the past seven years we’ve managed to do this. “We work with a range of partners, such as CAMHS, who are incredibly supportive to our students up to the age of 25 and a host of other mental health agencies across the city. “Today, we are delivering holistic approaches, we have music and dance students performing and our catering students have made the food. “It’s been a great collaboration and the main thing is that our students are happy and they remain happy and mentally well by being able to access the services we have available when they need them. “We want them to stay on their course and achieve their potential while at the college. “They are not just our students, they are the residents of Liverpool and we have somewhere in the region of 12,000 students across five college sites and to support their mental health is absolutely vital. “Mental health prevalence is on the increase and suicide rates are highest among young men under the age of 25 and we support and target our services to ensure that our students stay mentally healthy.” The college has counselling, mental health and well-being services all staffed by qualified mental health professionals and also partner with health services, from sexual health to helping to quit smoking and addiction. For more information on The City of Liverpool College’s Mental Health Support visit: https://my.liv-stu.co.uk/information/support/health-wellbeing/mental-health-support/