Cheshire College – South & West have pledged to tackle mental health issues which are believed to affect 1 in 5 of the population.
CCSW has reaffirmed their commitment to staff and learners 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 11-point document includes commitments to:
• Promote equality of opportunity and challenging mental health stigma
• Provide appropriate mental health training for staff
• Provide 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 years, means Cheshire College – South & West plays a vital role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of its learners and staff.
With a firm commitment to providing a positive culture, the College recognises the importance of mental health and wellbeing, and has already put a number of initiatives into practice during the last academic year.
Dhesi, Principal and CEO, said: “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 I am proud to sign the AoC Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter on behalf of Cheshire College – South & West.
“We take our commitment seriously and whilst we have a great track record, we are always keen to do more. This charter provides a clear direction of travel for our learners and staff as we continue to work together to support their health and wellbeing whilst they are at College.”
Richard Caulfield, Mental Health lead at the Association of Colleges, said: “Every single day, colleges like Cheshire College – South & West provide a world-class education and transform the lives of millions of people. This includes providing support for both staff and learners’ wellbeing at the right time, in the right place.
“This is an opportunity to celebrate the brilliant things that go on and our Charter gives colleges the chance to publicly state their commitment to the mental health agenda.”
If you are interested in studying at Cheshire College – South & West, or for more information, call 01270 654654 (Crewe Campus) 01244 656555 (Ellesmere Port and Chester Campuses) or visit www.ccsw.ac.uk.