Hugh Baird College has reaffirmed its commitment to staff and students by signing up to a national mental health and wellbeing charter – 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 Hugh Baird College plays a vital role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of its students and staff.
Rachael Hennigan, Principal at Hugh Baird College, said:
“The mental wellbeing of our students and staff is an absolute priority for Hugh Baird College. Every learner and staff member deserves to work, study and train in an environment that supports them to be healthy, happy and secure. That is why we are proud to join the AoC Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter.”
“Whilst the College has comprehensive and effective support systems in place for those experiencing mental wellbeing challenges, we are always keen to do more. This charter provides a clear direction of travel for the College as we continue to work together to support the health and wellbeing of our students and staff.”
Richard Caulfield, Mental Health Lead at the Association of Colleges, said:
“Every single day colleges like Hugh Baird 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.”