Mental Health Resources
Bishop Auckland College has reaffirmed its commitment to staff and students by signing up to a brand new national mental health and wellbeing charter.
The 11-point document, created by the Association of Colleges in conjunction with mental health experts, 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 2.2m people each year - including 685,000 young people. Every year, one in 10 young people experience a mental health problem and one in five young people aged 16 to 24 experience a common mental illness such as anxiety or depression at any one time.
In addition, 75% of adults with a diagnosable mental health problem experience their first symptoms before the age of 24, meaning colleges play a vital role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of their students and staff.
Richard Caulfield, Mental Health Lead at the Association of Colleges, said: “Every single day colleges like Bishop Auckland 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.”