The 14th February was not just Valentine's Day here at King Ed's; it also marked the annual Wellbeing Day. This is an event that takes place every year which focuses on combatting the stigma of mental illness and promoting both mental and physical wellbeing.

There were several mental health charities present, including Dudley and Walsall Mental Health and Rethink Mental Illness, who all explained to students and staff what services were available to them should they need them. There were also representatives from other important organisations, including Horizon Sexual Health Referral Centre, based in Walsall, Dudley Libraries, Health Exchange and Brook, all on hand with useful information and advice.

Our students also played a key role in the event, organising stands with information about body positivity, LGBT history and what constitutes a healthy relationship. There were also a range of interactive activities organised by students, including making ‘cause’ bracelets to support or raise awareness about issues such as depression and addiction, planting sunflower seeds and therapeutic colouring. Staff and students were encouraged to write something positive about themselves in the complement corner, and also to write reasons why their friends were amazing. Entertainment was provided in the form of an open mic, where students were encouraged to sing, play instruments or read poetry for the event.