During Love Our Colleges Week, Bradford College has affirmed 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 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. Bradford College plays a vital role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of its students and staff.
Sarah Cooper, Director of People Services at Bradford College, said:
"We are committed to reviewing and improving the support we provide on mental health and well-being to all staff and students. Signing this charter demonstrates our long-term commitment to improving support to everyone in the Bradford College community. We recognise the dedication of our staff and the work they do to transform the lives of our students and supporting them to achieve their goals. Promoting a positive attitude towards mental health in the workplace and ensuring support is there for them as well as students is the least we can do."
Richard Caulfield, Mental Health lead at the Association of Colleges, said:
"Every single day colleges like Bradford 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."
Clare Stafford, CEO of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust said:
"We passionately believe that mental health support of the highest standard should be available to all young people and college staff. The launch of the Charter further enhances the Association of College’s long-standing commitment to this. As a charity, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust is delighted to be working in collaboration with AoC and fully endorses the principles and intentions of this important new Charter."
NOTE: The 'Love Our Colleges' campaign is a partnership between Association of Colleges (AoC), National Union of Students (NUS), Association of College and School Leaders (ASCL), University and Colleges Union (UCU), Unison, GMB, TUC and National Education Union (NEU).