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News: Not­ting­ham Col­lege makes com­mit­ment to sup­port stu­dents and staff with their men­tal health and wellbeing

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Nottingham College CEO John van de Laarschot signed the charter on behalf of the College
Nottingham College CEO John van de Laarschot signed the charter on behalf of the College

This Men­tal Health Aware­ness Week (1317 May), Not­ting­ham Col­lege has reaf­firmed 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 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 Not­ting­ham Col­lege plays a vital role in sup­port­ing the men­tal health and well­be­ing of its 30,000 stu­dents and 1,300 staff.

John van de Laarschot, CEO at Not­ting­ham Col­lege said: 

Every stu­dent 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. 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 that our stu­dents and staff can hold us to account as we con­tin­ue to work togeth­er to sup­port their health and well­be­ing whilst they are at Not­ting­ham College. 

John van de Laarschot — CEO at Not­ting­ham College

Richard Caulfield, Men­tal Health lead at the Asso­ci­a­tion of Col­leges, said: 

Every sin­gle day col­leges like Not­ting­ham 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. Men­tal Health Aware­ness Week 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. 

Richard Caulfield — Men­tal Health lead at the Asso­ci­a­tion of Colleges

This year’s Men­tal Health Aware­ness Week coin­cides with the #LoveOur­Col­leges campaign’s week of activ­i­ty’, which sees col­leges across the coun­try host­ing events to show­case the bril­liant stuff they do, day in and day out. 

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  • 15th May 2019 (11:09 AM)
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