Borders College

Smash the Stigma event a real smash hit

The Students’ Association team at Borders College put on what can only be described as a spectacular event last week in support of mental health awareness campaign ‘Smash the Stigma’.

BCSA President Emma Smith at Smash the Stigma event

Pictured above are Students' Association President Emma Smith and student Richard McKenzie

The lunch time event was attended by students and staff in the hundreds, offering a myriad of fuBorders College students with Therapy Ponies Scotlandn activities. The Kilted Caricaturist was kept busy with a constant queue of takers, whilst local fitness outlets TriFitness and Galashiels Squash and Racketball Club were on hand to encourage new members to sign up.  Visitors even had the chance to get up close and personal with Therapy Pets from both Therapy Ponies Scotland and Thera-pets.

Motivational statements and images were scattered around the campus to provide inspiration, and there was ample opportunity to pick up information on nurturing mental health and wellbeing, such as through the NHS Borders Six Ways to be Well guide.  Staff from the College’s Learning Support team, and Tracy Mackay (Achievement Coach for the Construction, Engineering and Land-based faculty), were also on hand to make sure students are aware of the various ways in which they can reach out for help at College. 

A coffee morning held in the College Restaurant raised £62.80 for SAMH (the Scottish Association for Mental Health), with £36.65 raised for the Samaritans through a bonus ball draw run by Care Lecturer Lesley Anderson’s class.

DJ Pries CarsaneThere was a palpable buzz around the Union ‘Om Nom Nom’ where the main event took place.  Students could be heard singing aloud to local DJ Pries Carsane’s set, and there were smiles and laughter all round – all sure signs of a successful and much enjoyed event.

Published: Thu 26th Oct, 2017