A ˜webinar' developed by students at a local college is aiming to help young people and parents stress less during Mental Health Awareness Week. 

The live online forum hosted by Huntingdonshire Regional College, who are working with Cambridgeshire County Council, will take place on Tuesday 17 May at 6 pm.

I.T. students from the college have been leading on the development of the forum, which will give parents and young people the opportunity to ask mental health related questions to a panel of experts from the Council, Centre 33 and Mind in Cambridgeshire. They will also be joined by a young person who is a Stress less champion, part of Mind in Cambridgeshire's Stress LESS campaign.

Everyone is welcome to join in the Webinar with discussions focusing on tips and resources for managing stress, mental health and relationships.

The webinar is taking place as part of Mental Health Awareness week which focuses on the importance of relationships for managing our mental wellbeing. Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 of us, yet many people are reluctant to come forward and talk about their problems, or seek help.  It is also part of the local and national ˜One You' campaign to promote healthy lifestyles, good health and well-being.

To view and take part in the Webinar on Tuesday 17 May at 6 pm visit www.twitch.tv/huntingdonregional

Young people who are experiencing exam stress can also access information from the Stress LESS Campaign with support and advice available at www.mindincambs.org.uk.

Susanne Stent, Principal and CEO at Huntingdonshire Regional College said: œWe are really delighted to be hosting the Webinar and really proud of our students for taking a lead in this development. This is a good opportunity for local parents and young people to discuss some of the mental health issues affecting them with experts in a ground-breaking way.  It's great to see the students also developing skills and experience that they can take into the workplace.

Dr. Liz Robin, Director of Public Health at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: œA bit of stress in life is normal, but too much stress can have a negative impact on us. If you want advice on mental health issues, please take part in the webinar or search online for the ˜One You' campaign for top tips on how to reduce stress. Young people experiencing exam stress have the dedicated Stress LESS website. It provides top tips on how to cope during this challenging time and advises on how local organisations can help.


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