Mental Health Awareness

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The Importance of Mental Health

Mental health is about how people think, feel and act as they face life’s situations. Our mental health affects how we handle stress, relate to one another and make decisions. Mental health influences the way we look at ourselves, our experiences and others who are in our lives. Just like physical health, mental health is important at every stage of life.

All aspects of our lives are affected by our mental health, and protecting our children’s mental health is a natural part of our parental obligation. Caring for our children—emotionally as well as physically—is critical to their daily lives and their independence.

Everybody - adults, children and teenagers - can have mental health disorders that interfere with their lives. These conditions can affect the way they think, feel and act. When untreated, mental health disorders can lead to school failure, family conflicts, drug abuse, violence or worse. Let's all do our part to build our awareness and understand these conditions, to recognise the signs and symptoms and take steps to improve our and our loved one's mental wellbeing.

  • 1 in 6 people experienced a common mental health problem within the last week.
  • 1 in 5 women are reported to have mental health problems.
  • 1 in 8 men are reported to have mental health problems.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

Mental Health Awareness Week is happening across the UK now, between 9 to 15 May 2022. The official theme this year is ‘loneliness,' with everyone encouraged to build meaningful connections with friends, family, colleagues and communities and get together to thrive.

Loneliness affects many of us at one time or another. We know that loneliness can be both the driver for and a product of poor mental health.

  • Because of our changing society - the pandemic has given rise to a sense of loneliness and isolation undermining confidence in daily routines. In recent times, many of us have had far less access to loved ones. Tech is enabling healthcare professionals to see more patients without the need to travel, but on the flip side of the coin, convenience and cost efficiencies are driving more and more activities online.
  • Because of our changing workplaces -  with many adapting to home and hybrid working, we need to embrace this change while building and maintaining meaningful connections with our colleagues.

By being there and connecting with each other, we can overcome loneliness together.

Dumfries and Galloway College encourages all to:

  • Raise awareness - help people to understand the links between loneliness and poor mental health, and actively check in on those around you at work and in your communities.

  • Invite conversations - Speak to each other and let the conversation flow.

What We're Doing To Support Mental Health

At Dumfries and Galloway College, mental health of our students and staff is a key focus area to ensure our student experience and working environment are the best they can possibly be. Find out about the successes of some of our initiatives below.

Student Mental Health Website

In November 2021, our Student Association launched a new online mental health website to help students understand mental health and self-care and also provides a series of links to organisations that can provide specialist support.

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Estranged Students Solidarity

In November 2021, we took part in Estranged Students Solidarity Week to raise awareness to our students who are in difficult situations and who have become estranged from family members or who do not have a support system.

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Using Business To Promote Mental Health

In April 2022, Dumfries and Galloway College Student Association Vice President, Danielle Hughes, won the Special Recognition Award at the Bridge 2 Business Enterprise Awards 2022 in recognition of the work she has done to develop and deliver enterprise-focussed workshops to her fellow students.

In her role as Vice President, Danielle has taken the lead in the Wellbeing Enterprise project, an initiative aimed at helping students develop their ideas to improve student mental and physical health in creative ways.

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Providing Staff With Support

Through our partners at Vivup, we've offered our staff support when they need it most. This includes access to 24/7 telephone support, face-to-face and virtual counselling, self-help workbooks, advice on debt and abuse, podcasts and blogs, and a mental health fitness app.



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Mental Health Training

Since August 2021, we've been offering mental health training to help people build their awareness, skill and competence with mental health issues. 

Our courses have helped a diverse group of more than 500 learners across Scotland, from those in work to those who're retired and those who're being rehabilitated in prison to build their capability.

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