Cheshire College Learners Lead The Way with Mental Health Awareness

Passionate Health and Social Care Professionals of the future are leading the way in raising awareness of mental health. Year two Health and Social Care learners at Cheshire College – South & West have created an informative video to help raise awareness for those struggling with mental ill-health, especially during this difficult time, and to promote the importance of mental health in general. 

The four-minute video entitled ‘Mental Health Matters’ was produced solely by the College’s Health and Social Care learners who have been extremely vocal this year about the importance of mental health and the impact the Coronavirus pandemic is currently having on everyone’s mental health. 

Learners at the College’s Ellesmere Port Campus wanted to make a difference by sharing the knowledge they’ve learnt during their studies in the hope they can help improve people’s mental health with the information they’ve provided. 

Sian Court-Williams, Level 3 Health and Social Care Course Team Leader, commented: “I’m extremely proud of our leaners who have created this piece of work. During our Mental Health module we have had many discussions surrounding this important topic and seeing the passion they have about raising further awareness outside of the College has been fantastic.   

“Although the video does not form part of an assessment, the process has helped learners prepare for future formal assessments as well as reinforce values which is central to the Health and Social Care value base.”

Working in groups learners identified the differences between mental health and mental ill-health, explored the importance of metal health, researched support available for people currently struggling and provided messages of hope – all of which can be found in the video. 

Upon creating the video learners said: “As future health and social care professionals, mental health will be involved in our daily professional lives. We have a strong passion towards this national issue which is growing over time. It is not just a subject we learn about – it is something we feel very strongly about as a department.”

Cheshire College – South & West is the largest provider of post-16 education in the region with campuses in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester and offer a variety of full-time Health and Social Care courses. Taught by teachers with vast sector experience, studying a Health and Social Couse provides learners with broad underpinning knowledge and specialist skills across all aspects of health and social care provision including equality and diversity, nutrition and dealing with challenging behaviour.

If you would like to know more about studying at Cheshire College – South & West visit ccsw.ac.uk.