Thornbeck College

Thornbeck College is an Independent Specialist College providing personalised programmes to autistic and neurodivergent individuals

Working together to inspire, support, celebrate and equip autistic and neurodivergent people to fulfil their potential in life.

One in four adults feel lonely some or all of the time. There is no single cause and there’s no one solution. After all, everyone is different. But, the longer people feel lonely, the more they are at risk of  a decline in their mental health.

For Mental Health Awareness Week this year the theme was loneliness, the impact of loneliness on mental health and the practical steps that can be taken to address it.

Learners participated in a range of activities to celebrate Mental Health Awareness week including:

  • Engaging in their weekly Tutorials sessions which was focus on loneliness, what loneliness means and the benefits of connecting with others to support positive mental health
  • Looked at scenarios of people experiencing ‘loneliness’ and problem solving to see how it could be resolved
  • Writing cards for the residents of a local care home
  • Writing letters for residents at a local care home with a view to commence a pen pal friendship initiative
  • Created posters to design on a mug and t-shirt promoting mental health awareness
  • Visited a local residential home (St Clare’s Court) and befriended residents

Supporting learners to participate in a range of activities to increase awareness of Mental Health Awareness Week has had a positive impact on their mental health. It has also provided learners to give back to their local community promoting community cohesion.

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