Pop star joins mental wellbeing week

Pop star joins mental wellbeing week

Television and pop star Kerry Katona spoke to students at a Chester college about her experiences battling mental illness.

As part of a mental wellbeing week, the former Atomic Kitten singer talked to more than 400 West Cheshire College students about her diagnosis of bi-polar disorder.

“As a bi-polar sufferer I want to raise awareness of mental health problems as so many people do suffer from them, but there is still a stigma around it,” she said.

“I wanted to share my story so any individuals know they are not alone and that there is support available for them.”

Steph Garrett, the college’s assistant manager in health and wellbeing, said: “Kerry’s speech went down really well with the students. She has such an interesting story and really helped to explain and raise awareness about the effects of mental health and the importance of recovery.”

During the week, students also heard from a speaker who talked about her experiences with anorexia and self-harm, and created t-shirts with their thoughts about mental wellbeing to tackle stigmas.