In the week when national governments confirmed that Covid restrictions would ease across the UK from 17 May, and Mary Beard promised to fund Cambridge scholarships for two disadvantaged students as a "retirement present", the world of further education celebrated Mental Health Awareness Week.
From "hiring" a new wellbeing dog to sharing tips and advice on protecting mental health, colleges and providers stepped up their social media game to reach students.
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If you or someone close to you is suffering from mental health issues, there is a wealth of support and help available.— Farnham College (@FarnhamCollege) May 13, 2021
We’ve put together a list of organisations that are able to help: https://t.co/5IQpDNkRou #MHAWActivateLearning #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #MHAW2021 pic.twitter.com/EvZ1y50xKr
In today's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek tip from Kim, our college counsellor, she talks about the value of maintaing a healthy lifestyle & the benefits it can bring to our mental health & general wellbeing. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2021 #LIPASixthFormCollege#healthylifestyle pic.twitter.com/aB3vxtSWpo— LIPA Sixth Form College (@LIPASixthFormCo) May 14, 2021
Creative activities like art can relieve stress, aid communication and help arrest cognitive decline.— London SE Colleges (@LSEColleges) May 14, 2021
Inspired by Mental Health Awareness Week, our Greenwich Adult and Community learners have created these inspirational works. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2021 pic.twitter.com/aTt8ikkFlJ
A short thread to follow and view full image... @SelbyCollege's Counsellor @AICLorraine's dog Pip, a trained and licensed Therapy Dog is joining the team, starting in #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek I thought I should interview this new employee... 1/@caulfieldr @AoC_info pic.twitter.com/xLmc8rtaUa— Phil Sayles #FE (@SelbyPrincipal) May 14, 2021
Thank you to “Pigs Can Fly” for our first Drone training session with the Construction & the Built Environment students at @TheMcrCollege on Friday. Everyone enjoyed it and can’t wait to pass their pilots license. #training #skills #drones pic.twitter.com/w7htQndUP6— Charlotte Thornton (@charlthornton) May 11, 2021
Speaking in @HouseofCommons debate on a brighter future for younger generations: For years, there has been a culture of snobbery about FE - astonishing given FE colleges like @HarlowCollege provide a ladder of opportunity for thousands of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. pic.twitter.com/tmpQDKdWBJ— Robert Halfon MP -Working Hard for Harlow- (@halfon4harlowMP) May 13, 2021
Congratulations to Taylor-Jade Frendo Level 3 Technical Patisserie student and Annie Carter Level 2 Technical Patisserie student in reaching the semi finals of this great competition @thechefsforum @LisaTMC2 @MaxineTMC1 @KarenWrightTMC @hils4400 pic.twitter.com/bGbSVq86cB— Manchester College (@TMCpatisserie) May 13, 2021
With empathy, understanding and an ear when it's needed. I suppose it helps when you studied with young babies. My daughter was born in the summer exams of my second year of uni and I had a four year old at the time. https://t.co/5YqDYCaNlj— Dawn McLean (@CannyDawn) May 13, 2021