The Bedford College Group has reaffirmed its commitment to staff and students by signing up to a brand new national mental health and wellbeing charter.
The charter was created by the Association of Colleges (AoC) 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 this commitment plays a vital role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of its 1,000s of students and staff.
Dr Jo Baxter Director at The Bedford College Group said: “We have a Wellbeing strategy group to encompass mental health awareness across our organisation and are using the AoC Mental Health Charter to set actions and priorities.”
Richard Caulfield, Mental Health lead at the Association of Colleges, said:
“Every single day colleges like The Bedford College Group 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.”