22nd February 22
We are fortunate to have 12 Wellbeing Ambassadors this year who will be supporting with presentations, PSHEE, assemblies and drop-in sessions.
These young people all showed an interest in supporting their fellow students/friends with difficulties such as low mood, dealing with quarantine, homesickness, friendship issues, workload, and often students find it easier to speak with another student who is in a similar position so fully understands.
They have all had interviews and impressed us with their answers to questions about how they would go about helping a student with various issues.
They have had training on confidentiality within their role, listening skills and caring for themselves as well as others from Lee Parker, our Mental Health Occupational Therapist and Academic Mentor. Most have completed and passed the One Day Youth Mental Health First Aid course run by Mental Health England – nationally recognised, accredited training with certificates.
They will be in college wearing the green tops with the MH Ribbon and Wellbeing Ambassadors printed on them, as in the picture, and any student is welcome to ask them for a chat about whatever may be causing them problems or stress.
The Ambassadors know when to pass information to an adult if they are concerned the issue is beyond their remit and the Student Support Worker – Ana and Dawn, the Matron will take on and proceed as needed, whilst maintaining confidentiality for the student as far as possible depending on the requirements to support.
This year’s ambassadors are; Dalial , Thi Huyen Nhu (Robin), Anlan, Ho Yiu (Martin), Chen-Yen, Jasim Abdullahi, Nicole, Daria (Dasha), Elizaveta (Lisa), Lok Hang (Brian), Egor and Yu-Lin (Timothy)