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West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds, goes back to nature for Mental Health Awareness Week




A Bury St Edmunds college went back to nature for Mental Health Awareness Week.

West Suffolk College held a series of events based around the outdoors and the environment as part of the Mental Health Foundation's initiative.

Laura Lockwood, HR advisor for wellbeing and engagement at the college, said earlier this week: "This year’s theme from the Mental Health Foundation is nature.

Laura Lockwood, HR advisor for wellbeing and engagement at West Suffolk College. Picture: West Suffolk College. (47183699)
Laura Lockwood, HR advisor for wellbeing and engagement at West Suffolk College. Picture: West Suffolk College. (47183699)

"This week’s aim is to raise awareness of how nature can aid us in our wellbeing and open discussions around mental health.

"We also want to show staff what amazing support we can offer as their employer, such as our employee assistance programme, that is all done alongside fun and meaningful activities to bring a little joy both in and outside of work.”

As part of the week's activities, business students created a webinar to discuss ways of coping with anxiety and stress and launched a scheme to appoint 20 wellbeing champions.

Mike Opukah, business lecturer at West Suffolk College. Picture: West Suffolk College. (47183701)
Mike Opukah, business lecturer at West Suffolk College. Picture: West Suffolk College. (47183701)

Mike Opukah, business lecturer at West Suffolk College, said: "As a college, we pride ourselves on the support that we give our students and staff in relation to mental health issues throughout the year."

This same week, business students Lauren Buckley, Neave Connor, Harvey Broomhall, Levi Nicholls and Cain Collier had also made £2,600 for Young Minds so far this year.

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