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28th October 2020

Last week, Hull College hosted its annual ‘Smile and Breathe’ Week - five days of themed lessons and activities to promote positive health and wellbeing.

All departments within the college got involved, running a variety of sessions including yoga, arts and crafts and mental health first aid, which provided the opportunity for our learners to find out more about and tap into vital information and resources on what is a vitally important topic.

Our Beauty students also got involved, putting the impressive skills learnt whilst studying at the college to good use by offering relaxing hand massages to both learners and staff. Aside from the physical benefits, message therapy also provides numerous mental and emotional benefits. Enjoying massage therapy releases tension in your mind, creating a better sense of awareness yet simultaneously allowing clearer thinking, better sleep, and reduced anxiety

In addition to all of that, learners were given the opportunity to enjoy a free healthy breakfast each morning. Breakfast is often called ‘the most important meal of the day’, and for good reason to as many studies have shown it helps to improve energy levels and the ability to concentrate in the short term.

Reflecting on the success of the week, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator and Deputy Safeguarding Lead David Greenway said: “It was fantastic to see so many people across the college get involved in and support our Smile and Breathe week of activities. This was a fantastic opportunity for everyone – both leaners and staff – at the college to stop and think about ourselves and each other and the importance of our mental health and emotional wellbeing.

“Smile and Breathe week has enabled us to highlight what is a vitally important topic, especially so with everything that is currently going on around us with COVID-19, in a fun way with activities that our learners could engage and participate in. Of course, this important work continues throughout the year as we continue to support our learners and each other.”

This was the first of many planned themed weeks for Hull College, with four more still to come in the remainder of the academic year. Keep an eye out for them and make sure you get involved.

Themed Weeks

United and Proud (30th November – 4th December)
Safe and Sound (18th January – 22nd January)
ME1st (8th February – 12th February)
This Is Me (24th May – 28th May)