South Essex College makes commitment to support students and staff with their mental health and wellbeing

SOUTH Essex College has reaffirmed their commitment to staff and students by signing up to a brand new national mental health and wellbeing charter – created by the Association of Colleges in conjunction with mental health experts.

The 11-point document includes commitments to:

  • Promoting equality of opportunity and challenging mental health stigma
  • Providing appropriate mental health training for staff
  • Providing targeted individual mental health support where appropriate

Colleges across England teach and train 2.2 million people each year – including 685,000 young people. Every year, 1 in 10 young people experience a mental health problem and 1 in 5 young people aged 16-24 experience a common mental illness such as anxiety or depression at any one time. Add to these facts, 75% of adults with a diagnosable mental health problem experience their first symptoms before the age of 24 means South Essex College plays a vital role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of its 10,000 students and 1,200 staff.

Angela O’Donoghue, Principal at South Essex College, said: “South Essex College is proud to sign this charter to signal our continued commitment to the good mental health and wellbeing of our students and staff. We are aware of the impact of mental health issues on young people, particularly in light of Covid and have a whole host of activities planned to support them.”

Richard Caulfield, Mental Health lead at the Association of Colleges, said:

“Every single day colleges like South Essex College provide a world class education and transform the lives of millions of people. This includes providing support for both staff and student wellbeing at the right time, in the right place. This

charter gives colleges the chance to publicly state their commitment to the mental health agenda.”

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