Mental Health Student Nurses Present Nutrition & Hydration Week Workshop
University of Wolverhampton Mental health student nurses, Tina and Yakuba – have undertaken a 4-week work placement here at Sandwell African Caribbean Mental Health Foundation. During their placement, they have learnt the importance of confidentiality, understanding our service users needs and understanding the processes in place to help support those in need with their mental health and well-being. They were given the task of creating and presenting a workshop on Nutrition, Hydration and Sleep as part of ‘Nutrition and Hydration Week’ and World Sleep Day which takes place from 13th – 19th March 2023. One in three of us suffers from poor sleep, and the consequences can be more serious than feeling grumpy or unfocused. Sleep and mental health are closely related: living with a mental health condition can affect your sleep, and poor sleep can affect your mental health. Lack of sleep can also make us feel physically unwell.
The workshop involved: key facts around what nutrition is, ways to stay hydrated and the consumption of maintaining a healthy balanced diet. The second half of the presentation displayed how sleep can effect your mental health and the importance of sleep for your bodies.
Tina said: “ I have really enjoyed my placement here at SACMHF. The staff have all been very helpful and welcoming. I am quite a quiet person and keep myself to myself, but since doing the presentation it has really built my confidence and gave me the opportunity to come out of my shell and get to know the people who use SACMHF services.”
Tina and Yakuba presented this workshop to both our Carers and Men’s group and some great feedback was given. Well done for presenting an informative yet educational presentation!