Mental health charter launched for college staff and students

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Three-quarters of adults with a diagnosable mental health problem experienced their first symptoms before age of 24, says article in the TES.

The Association of Colleges (AoC) has launched a charter to encourage institutions to support the mental health of staff and students. The launch comes in the middle of Mental Health Awareness Week. 

Statistics have shown that every year, one in 10 young people experiences a mental health problem and one in five experiences a common mental illness such as anxiety or depression.

The new mental health and wellbeing charter allows colleges across England to affirm their commitment to staff and students by signing up. The 11-point document was created by the AoC in conjunction with mental health experts, and includes commitments to promoting equality of opportunity and challenging mental health stigma, providing appropriate mental health training for staff, and providing targeted individual mental health support where appropriate.

Luciana Berger, MP for Liverpool Wavertree, said: “We know that young people in our country are facing a mental health crisis. We also know that our teaching workforce is experiencing endemic levels of stress and mental ill health. 

“The measures set out in this charter will help promote early intervention for those struggling with their mental health. We know that a supportive environment and being able to stay in meaningful education, training or work is one thing that can promote recovery.”

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