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SUPPORTING PERSONAL AND ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT

Published on December 19, 2022

Here at North Hertfordshire College, we’re committed to giving you the skills, knowledge, and confidence you need to succeed in your personal and professional life. We do this by not only teaching you about the things you need to know for your career but also by giving you the tools to support your mental health and well-being. A great example of this is the work that our Health and Social Care classes have taken part in recently!

As part of their Personal and Academic Development programme, our Level 3 Health and Social Care students have been learning different ways they can improve their mental well-being. The project addressed three big questions: What is mental health? What causes mental health problems? How can we manage our mental health and well-being?

Learners contributed to discussions and debates around the impact of social media and the way that our online personalities might be different to reality. It’s important to remember that what you see online is only what people want you to see and not the full picture. The class also considered the importance of self-care, working in groups to consider a variety of ways they can support and improve their mental well-being in line with advice from Mind and the NHS.

Lucy Amos, one of our Level 3 Health and Social Care students, said: “Our lesson on the five ways to well-being was very helpful. It taught us that having mental health struggles is quite common and taught us ways we can deal with them.”

Anna Copper, one of NHC’s Personal and Academic Development coaches and tutor for Health and Social Care, said: “Understanding the nature of mental health and how to self-care is important to our learners both academically and personally. The discussions our learners have had and the tools and techniques they’ve picked up will help support them in their education and career journey.”

 

To find out more about the support available to North Hertfordshire College students, be sure to check out our Student Life pages.