Wellbeing is the focus for Ely College students at #TimeToTalk event
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A dedicated week of discussions on mental health, wellbeing, positive body image and bullying was held at Ely College.
The PLEDGES and Futures Day event was part of the #TimeToTalk national mental health campaign.
The day of extended learning focusing on personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), allowed each age group to have a different focus.
Younger students took part in a carousel of workshops centred on making healthy choices.
They gained a deeper understanding of everything from cyber-bullying, positive body image and forming healthy relationships to healthy eating, mental wellbeing and future career choices.
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Working with Sgt Phil Priestley and sniffer dog Bessie, students also gained knowledge and awareness of the risks associated with drugs and alcohol.
Mr Spencer, principal at Ely College, said: “We want students to leave college as well rounded individuals, equipped with the tools to reach their fullest potential in life.
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“These insights will allow students to play a full and inclusive part in a healthy society and ensure they look out for each other with compassion and empathy.”
A workshop and activities facilitated by local group Talking FreEly was popular as staff and students appreciated the time given to ‘just sit and talk’ about the barriers around mental health.