Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa joined hundreds of students at a health-focused event promoting physical and mental wellbeing.
The PCC attended Chesterfield College in Chesterfield on Thursday 3 November for the Connect 5 event which highlighted five wellbeing themes under the slogan: Connect, Give, Be Active, Keep Learning and Take Notice.
Representatives from a multitude of health and leisure organisations were on-hand to talk to students and provide advice across a range of areas from eating disorders, sexual health and stress through to Bi-polar support and fitness.
Derbyshire Victims Services was joined by members of the Got Your Back team to raise awareness on the ways of reporting crime to the police. The charity provides specialist support to young people who are victims of crimes such as Hate Crime, Sexual Abuse, violent crime and Domestic Abuse up to the age of 18 through the gotyourback website.
Mr Dhindsa took the opportunity to chat to young students and find out more about their views on community safety. He also met stallholders to find about more about their work including social enterprise charity P3 which provides a range of services including housing and employment support to people living in Derbyshire with mental health problems.
Commenting on the event, Mr Dhindsa said: “It was great to see so many youngsters taking advantage of the information and advice available at this event.
“Young people face a range of emotional and physical health risks which can originate from peer pressure, individual vulnerability or ill-informed choices. Providing timely information and support can have life-changing results and benefit the wider community.
“These kinds of innovative events help us to reach young people on their own turf and show them the breadth of support available so they do not suffer in silence.”
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Posted on Monday 7th November 2016