Monday 11th March 2019
Feeling Fab at Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association
As we shine the spotlight on the mighty ENSA, we look back on their #FeelFabFeb campaign that saw hundreds of staff and students engaged in health and wellbeing events over the course of the month of February.
‘Feel Fab Feb’ saw ENSA promoting healthy living and mental wellbeing via the delivery of a month of activities. With in excess of 50 FREE activities and events on offer, there truly was something for all; staff and students alike.
Something for Everyone
A wide variety of events were held across all three campuses featuring gym activities at Sighthill, CBT training at Craiglockhart and – everybody’s favourite – Therapets at Merchiston. Many of Team Napier’s sports clubs also opened their doors throughout the month with the likes of Archery, Dance, Kayak and Triathlon providing ‘come and try sessions’ to encourage new people to try their sports and get a flavour for the Team Napier community. It was fantastic to see a number of external organisations also present during Feel Fab Feb; Edinburgh Women’s Aid were on hand to educate Napier staff and students on their services; Student Minds delivered ‘Look After Your Mate’ training; and Crew were in attendance to provide training on drug use.
A total of 350 staff and students accessed the event throughout February – something Student President, Jonathan Fraser, was delighted with:
“It was really nice to see that we are were able to reach out to a wide range of students and staff out with our usual group of friends”
Fab Feb Fundraising
What’s more, ENSA took advantage of the campaign to raise money for mental health charity, SAMH. Donation buckets were present at each event with fundraising for the Scottish charity continuing into the end of semester. We look forward to finding out the total sum raised!
Planning to embed the event on an annual basis, Georgia Moran, who has just been re-elected as VP Sport & Societies for 2019/20, said:
“It was amazing to see our idea come to life and I am so thankful to everyone who got involved, bring on next year!”
Commitment to the Cause
Feel Fab Feb was just the latest campaign in ENSA’s work to promote mental health and wellbeing throughout 2018/19. In November ENSA published a video that explored the very topic. The video, which has had over 11,000 views, featured clips from a number of students who shared their thoughts on mental health; how it is defined; who is affected by it; and how to seek help. An overarching message of the benefits of getting involved in the Team Napier community was shared by the featured students – a great testament to the work of ENSA’s brilliant line of Vice Presidents Sport & Societies over the years.
Congratulations to the Edinburgh Napier Students’Association team for pulling off such a fantastic event and their ongoing work to smash the stigma surrounding student mental health; some excellent best practice that can be learned from across the sector!BACK TO LIST