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World Mental Health Day 2020

"Education saved my Life….Learning can help to save your life too."

Adult Education Wolverhampton is supporting World Mental Health Day this October. Our aim is to raise mental health awareness. By taking part in learning, we want to help you to improve your health and mental wellbeing, helping you to develop your confidence and resilience as you gain skills and achieve your goals.

If you are struggling with your mental health and would like to find out more about how learning can help you, check out our website for courses you can enrol on now. Like Minds courses are devoted to helping to improve your mental health, providing you with an opportunity to reconnect with others in a similar situation. Taking part in-group activities can help improve your health, wellbeing and enjoyment of life. All you need to access a free course is to get a health care professional to complete a referral form. 


Student stories

These are the stories of Marie and Kate who both attended Like Minds classes. Marie has progressed to university and Kate who is planning to set up her own millinery business:

Marie Smith - Like Minds and Access to Higher Education Diploma Art and Design.

“Learning has transformed every part of my life. Starting to learn something that I love gave me a reason to get up in the morning and a reason to live. There were times in the recent past where my depression stopped me from doing many daily activities. I now no longer need to take anti-depressants and have learnt many coping strategies in their place.

My self-esteem has grown and learning with others has given me a chance to build close friendships.

I am able to set goals for myself and I know that they are achievable. My future is bright and through learning I know everything is achievable.

I can actually say ...Education has saved my life.”

Kate Hubbard – Like Minds

“I had exceptionally low confidence and self-esteem and was terrified turning up to my first class at Adult Education Wolverhampton. Reassured by another student, I overcame my fears and joined in. From there, I grew in confidence and my creative flair began to flourish as I attended more classes. Learning has opened up new possibilities for a future career and my long-term plan is to work in a creative field, “The difference learning has made leaves me lost for words. Adult Education Wolverhampton saved my life. I’m back on the right track, loving life and all that it might hold for me.”


5 Ways to wellbeing

Scientific studies have shown us that if we do the following five things listed below, happiness and therefore your mental wellbeing will improve. We can all make active and deliberate choices about changing the state in which we find ourselves. We just need to begin. Below are some tactics for implementing these five things in your life, right now.

  1. Connect - Each person you meet is a doorway into another world. Building solid and varied social connections in your life can increase your feelings of happiness and self-worth. Enrolling on a class is the perfect way to meet new people.
  2. Be Active - What you do with your body can have a powerful effect on your mental wellbeing. Gym not your vibe? There are loads of ways to stay active whilst enjoying life including starting to learn something new.
  3. Keep Learning - A comfort zone is a cool place but nothing ever grows there. Step out of your comfort zone. You will learn things you never knew that you never knew.
  4. Help Others - Whether it is giving a mate a hand, throwing your weight in behind a cause that matters or just supporting other people in some way. Giving is like gold dust for our mental wellbeing. We offer courses that can help you to find out about volunteering or just learning something new can increase your confidence to take on a new challenge.
  5. Take Notice - Happiness is often right in front of your eyes – more than enough to be happy right now. You do not have to run into the future in order to get more, learn to live in the moment.


How can we support you?

To find out more about how Adult Education can support you to improve your mental health contact us online or call 01902 558180


Worried about your mental health?

If you are worried about your mental health, you can get more help and support by contacting one of the following organisations:

Mind
A leading force for change, this charity campaigns for greater awareness and access to support. Mind can answer all your questions surrounding mental health and give you tailored advice about what support is available to you.
Phone number: 0300 123 3393
Website: www.mind.org.uk
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)

Last modified on Thursday, 08 October 2020 15:45

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