Support agencies and Isle of Man College staff have provided students with information and guidance on how to survive Christmas.
The Students’ Guide to Surviving Christmas Fayre was aimed at keeping students safe while enjoying festive celebrations and offering support to those for whom Christmas can be a sad, lonely, difficult or stressful time.
Student welfare officer Julie Bibby said: ‘Lots of students participated in the activities, which provided information in a fun and interactive way, and chatted with the stall holders. We hope they picked up some helpful tips as well as knowledge of local support agencies.
The theme of Victim Support’s stand was ‘two types of punch’, one being a pleasant drink which students could sample, and the other being violence.
A representative said: ‘We hope everyone has a safe and peaceful Christmas but if anyone experiences violence, including within a relationship, we are here to help.’
DASH (Drug Advice Service and Helpline) focussed on ‘legal highs’ with a lucky dip.
Some students got chocolate while others got an unpleasant surprise, coming into contact with a rubber snake, a furry long-tail or toilet brush .
The Road Safety Team urged motorists not to drink and drive
Motiv8, the addiction service which offers support for problems with alcohol, drugs and gambling, invited students to pull crackers containing a Christmas treat and a safety message.
Cruse Bereavement Care was on hand to remind students they can support people of any age who have been bereaved.
Meanwhile, the college’s student services staff discussed what sexual health services are available over Christmas and encouraged safe sex by giving out condoms .
They also encouraged healthy eating, giving out 100 calorie snacks provided by Shoprite.