Truro and Penwith College has reaffirmed its 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 Truro and Penwith College plays a vital role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of its 5,500 students and 1,300 staff.
David Walrond, Principal at Truro and Penwith College, said: “The College is wholly behind the aims of the Charter and very pleased to be a signatory to it. I would urge everyone to read this short but important document. We know that what changes things for the better in terms of mental health and wellbeing is not the act of signing up, but daily commitment to the values and practices which the charter outlines. These commitments capture what we are trying to do here as a community and what colleges across the country have as their priorities.”
Richard Caulfield, Mental Health lead at the Association of Colleges, said: “Every single day colleges like Truro and Penwith 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.”