On Thursday 12th of October, Barton Peveril Sixth Form College hosted its annual Health and Wellbeing Fair, an engaging event for students to learn more about the resources available for them to use.
Barton Peveril Students were provided the chance to explore over 20 different stalls who were there to talk to the students and stimulate their minds to think about mental health as well as give them the opportunity to enjoy things such as a prize wheel, stickers, games, leaflets and more.
The Health and Wellbeing support at the Hampshire-based College ensures that students are supported during their time on campus. The counselling team offers a variety of professional support – including one-off sessions, appointments and group sessions covering topics such as exams and anxiety stress.
The student Wellbeing Mentors had their own stall where some of the mentors were handing out positive affirmation cards with quotes on, such as ‘you are enough’ and ‘your voice matters’. One of the student Wellbeing Mentors, Ivan Surridge-Smale formerly of Mountbatten School, said:
I was at first slightly pessimistic of how many people would care; however, I was very happy to see that soon our stall was surrounded with people that wanted to know more about us, and interact with our stall by spinning our wheel and leaving a message. Some people even came back to see us again after they had previously left. Overall, I think it went very well, as we did leave lots of smiles on faces.
In addition, students could also write their own positive affirmations on post-it notes which were then displayed onto the walls for people to see. This can be found in our Health and Wellbeing area.
The stalls in attendance increased awareness surrounding health and wellbeing by delivering valuable information about the resources available to use. Stalls such as; 1 Community, Solent Mind, Hampshire Constabulary and Catch 22 Hampshire were present at the event.
Abbie from Solent Mind states:
We are based in Southampton but we cover the whole of Hampshire. We are here to talk about stress management and how young people can worry about their exams and about coursework and it’s about how they maintain their stress levels, so they can progress and learn how to cope in life whilst working to the best of their abilities. We offer volunteering and fundraising opportunities, we support people from crisis all the way up to getting their confidence back, so we’re there for everyone and anyone that struggles with their mental health.
The College remains vigilant about health and wellbeing; Stanley the therapy dog is here to ease students’ minds and help support their learning.