‘Be kind to one another’ – mental health awareness week switches focus during lockdown

Gail Ollason is the director of Human Resources at One Sixth Form College and was involved in the Me

Gail Ollason is the director of Human Resources at One Sixth Form College and was involved in the Mental Health Awareness week. Picture: ONE SIXTH FORM COLLEGE - Credit: Archant

Mental health awareness week encouraged people to be kind to one another and saw a range of online and socially-distanced activities held across Suffolk to raise awareness.

One Sixth Form College in Suffolk has a team of wellbeing ambassadors who meet once a month to promo

One Sixth Form College in Suffolk has a team of wellbeing ambassadors who meet once a month to promote campaigns such as Mental Health Awareness week, Picture: ONE SIXTH FORM COLLEGE - Credit: Archant

One Sixth Form College had planned a campaign about the importance and value of sleep which was due to be held last during the awareness week between Monday, May 18 and Sunday, May 24.

However, Covid-19 restrictions scuppered the plans for teachers to wear pyjamas to work.

Instead, One supported the Mental Health Foundation campaign to be kind to one another and held lunchtime wellbeing sessions online for students and teachers.

Gail Ollaso, director of HR at One, said: “It really resonates with what is happening at the moment.


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“The whole ethos of the campaign is to enable our colleagues to stay fit, healthy and positive so that they can be the best they can be for themselves, each other and our students.”

The college hosted online sessions relating to yoga, fitness and crocheting. This is the second year it has participated in the awareness week.

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A team of wellbeing ambassadors met up every month to work on promoting the campaign and are encouraging people to be kind, both inside and outside of work.

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