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College students inspired by nationally-celebrated British poet for World Mental Health Awareness Day

Students and teachers at Sutton Coldfield College gained a unique insight into mental health through literary rhyme and verse today (October 9) when they were treated to a vibrant performance by widely acclaimed British poet, Hussain Manawer.

Hussain, who is also a celebrated writer, actor and currently one of the biggest UK advocates of mental health, came to the college ahead of the annual Mental Health Awareness Day held on October 10.

Over 100 attendees got the opportunity to learn about the complex psychological disorder – that incudes anxiety, depression and bipolar and affects 1 in 4 people every year in the UK – through Hussain’s personal and captivating spoken word delivery.

Students and staff at the show were treated to an exclusive full musical band show by one of the UK’s biggest mental health advocates. An opening inviting discussion about mental health with students followed, with opportunities for questions and answers.

Speaking of the rewarding opportunity, Anna Jackson, Assistant Principal at Sutton Coldfield College, part of Birmingham Metropolitan (BMet) College said:

“We feel extremely privileged at the college to have the opportunity to be entertained by such a celebrated national talent, who has a fresh new take on mental health and how it affects young people today.

“Many of our students, and indeed staff, have an interest or passion for poetry and spoken word – and having Hussain express himself to our audience in his own way, resonates with our ethos to promote creativity within our students and in our curriculum.

“In addition, linking his captivating performance to such an important cause is an added benefit to our students and employees alike, whose feedback was wholly positive. Our college realises the ever growing mental health struggles that young people face in this current climate and we have a commitment to supporting people as best we can. ”

Hussain’s visit coincides with his first ever tour “The Show Must Go On” which will be at the 02 Institute 3 in Birmingham this evening, following his afternoon performance at the college’s theatre. His final show in London falls tomorrow on mental health day (October 10).

After his performance at Sutton Coldfield College, Hussain said:

“It was a pleasure to attend the event today and it was a very rewarding experience for me and the band.

“The energy here was special. These students have great potential, watch what happens when it’s unlocked! Big up Sutton Coldfield College!”

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