A COLLEGE campaign that has inspired a positive conversation around mental health has earned global recognition.

Ayrshire College have scooped an international award for its mental health initiative, #PassingPositivity.

They have been awarded an International Green Gown Awards, beating colleges and universities in Europe, North American, South America, Asia and Australia.

Ayrshire College were announced as winners at an online awards event held on Wednesday, July 8.

The campaign was initially organised by HND Coaching and Developing Sport students who had teamed up with the Kris Boyd Charity.

What started off as an event aimed to raise awareness of the benefits that physical activity can have on a person’s mental health, has now become a culture of promoting the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing. It has since been adopted by other departments across the Collegee.

#PassingPositivity has garnered celebrity support on social media from the likes of WWE wrestler Drew McIntyre, Outlander actor Steven Cree, sports broadcasters Hayley McQueen and Jim White, and the late wrestler Adrian ‘Lionheart’ McCallum.

The College earned this international recognition by previously triumphing at the UK & Ireland Green Gown Awards, back in November 2019.

Carol Turnbull, Principal at Ayrshire College, said: “To win an International Green Gown Award is a tremendous accolade and our staff, students and partners will be delighted that their outstanding work has been recognised with such a prestigious award.”

Kris Boyd, former footballer and founder of the Kris Boyd Charity, said: “It is a passion of mine to promote positive mental health, and I am glad to be able to support the College in doing this.”