Health and wellbeing event a big success

30 October 2015

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FitFest2Brock students and school pupils met up recently to participate in a free health and wellbeing event at the College.

New Forest Fit Fest promoted awareness of mental health issues in particular.

More than 160 pupils from nearby schools attended, along with around 250 Brock students.

They worked their way through 24 stalls set up to offer information and advice.

Among stall holders were Solent Mind, Alzheimer’s Society and the New Forest National Park.

The day also featured specialist workshops, taster sessions and talks aimed to inspire.

Themes included anxiety, crisis coping, and gaining greater awareness of the present moment.

In addition, there was emphasis on how young people can look out for each other.

New Forest District Council portfolio holder for Health and Leisure, Cllr James Binns, who was an event partner, commented: “This demonstrated how different elements of our lives are connected and contribute to our total wellbeing.FitFest

“So our hobbies, sleep, exercise and what we eat are all important and have a role to play in maintaining good mental health.”

Debbie Griffiths, Student Finance and Welfare Officer at Brock said: “As it follows World Mental Health Day on October 10th, this has been a great opportunity to reinforce the positive messages on mental health.

“Thanks must go to everyone who worked with us to deliver this most worthwhile event.”

The partners were: New Forest District Council, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Solent Mind, West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, and Hampshire Art for Recreation and Therapy.