West Lothian College Student Association worked in partnership with a number of staff, students and external partners to host their annual health and wellbeing fair- REFRESH.

The aim of the event was to provide information, advice and support for students on a range of matters in relation to health and wellbeing.

The event focused on a number of key topics including health, fitness, welfare, poverty and mental health and wellbeing.

A highlight of the event was a campaign created by preparation for health and social care students – don’t judge me for being myself.

Students created a washing line and hung shirts with messages and information about mental health, in the college courtyard for all to see and discuss. The aim was to air your laundry and don’t be afraid to talk about your mental health, reducing stigma and encouraging students to talk.

Other highlights included Therapets attending the event. Five dogs were in attendance with their owners, hosting sessions for over 87 students to help promote how Therapets can counter stress and in turn improve general health and wellbeing.

At the event a room was dedicated for a ‘tea and a chat’, where staff and students could come in a safe environment and speak to Donna from Neil’s Hugs Foundation and Susan Watson life coach as well as other peers.

Neil Findlay MSP was also in attendance to talk to students about fair work, health and wellbeing.

Micole Cochrane from West Lothian College Student Association said: “The event was a huge success and we have to thank all the organisations and individuals who contributed on the day. We believe in the importance of holding an event like this as it can result in students having a greater awareness of how they can look after their own health and wellbeing whilst reducing the stigma surrounding mental health.”