Mollie shares her story for Mental Health Awareness Week

Mollie shares her story for Mental Health Awareness Week

Mollie

A Pershore College student shared her personal story as part of WCG’s events to support Mental Health Awareness Week.

WCG’s seven colleges across Warwickshire and Worcestershire hosted events including special yoga classes, mindfulness activities, staff training and visits from external organisations such as Springfield Mind.

Mollie-Anne Mayneord, 19, who is studying Animal Management at Pershore College, created a video about her personal experience with an eating disorder and her recovery. As well as presenting to her own tutor group, Mollie’s video was shown at students tutorials throughout the week at all seven colleges.

Mollie said, “Mental health is a topic that is not talked about, it is almost like people brush it off and disregard it because a lot of the time the damage is not visible. I feel very passionate about helping others and educating everyone that a lot of the things we ignore in our minds have the potential to take control of us without any realisation, as I myself have demonstrated.

“Sharing my story has been a huge challenge for me and it was a big decision to make, however, I have not done this for people to feel sorry for me, I have done this to give people hope. Talking about this is the only way we can reduce the stigma attached, it is the only way we can begin to accept mental illness for what it really is … an illness and not a choice.

“The support I have received has amazed me and truly has made me take a step back and see the things that I have achieved. I have been so touched by all the comments I have received so far and I can not begin to explain how much it means to me that my story is making a difference to the lives of other people.

“I believe that no one should be afraid to discuss their mental illness, just as someone would not be afraid to tell their friend they have broken a bone. Talking saved me and it honestly can save so many others so please do talk to someone.”

During the week, Mollie also raised £146.46 for BEAT, the UK’s eating disorder charity.

Judith Abbott, Specialist Support Tutor for Mental Health was the lead for the week. She said, “I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported Mental Health Awareness Week across all of our colleges. I’m so proud of all the students who took part raising awareness and money for related charities, and especially Mollie for sharing her story to help others. We were also delighted to have the support of organisations such as Springfield Mind throughout the week.”

Find out more about BEAT’s work at www.b-eat.org.uk. For more information about Mental Health Awareness Week go to www.mentalhealth.org.uk.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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