Articles from Campaign for Learning

Changing ‘Work for the Better’ through a New Focus on Mental Health

Permanent Changes to the Way We Work  The past year has been a big challenge for everyone as Covid-19 threatened health and livelihoods. While lockdowns and social distancing are temporary, changes to where and how we work could be permanent. The most discussed change has been the huge expansion of flexible working, leading some to question whether this crisis will mark the end of offices as we knew them.

Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Post-16 College Students

A Rise in FE College Students with Mental Health Conditions  A recent Association of Colleges survey highlighted just how stark the mental health crisis is – 94% of colleges reported that they’d had to deal with attempted suicides in the last twelve months, and they’re dealing with a growing number of learners with both diagnosed and undiagnosed mental health conditions. We have done this survey three times now, and each year, the situation gets worse.

Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Post-16 Staff

Staff and Students  When it comes to the question of mental health in post-16 education, much of the focus in recent months has understandably been on students’ mental wellbeing – not least in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. With almost three-fifths (58%) of students in higher education reporting a decline in their mental health during the pandemic, and a shocking 94% of further education colleges having had students attempt suicide within the past year, there is no doubt that urgent action is required.

Minimising the Mental Health Crisis through Job Creation and Employment

The Employability Sector  The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) is the representative body for the employment support sector. Poor mental health is a significant and all-too-common barrier to finding employment. Our members see at first-hand the impact poor mental health has in preventing people accessing employment.

Supporting the Mental Health of Mature Higher Education Students

Assumed Resilience  Mature students in higher education are defined as those aged over 21. They are often portrayed as self-reliant, independent learners, who are naturally confident, motivated and well placed to draw on life experiences to problem-solve.

Rebuilding Post-16 Education around Mental Fitness

Mental Fitness after lockdown As the dust settles and we assess life after lockdown, we will need to equip today's learners with the skills they need to rebuild the economy, culture and society. Further education and post-16 education will play a vital role in this rebuilding - 'ensuring more people can gain the skills they need to get ahead' as the Skills Minister notes.

Grasping At The Root of the Student Mental Health Crisis

The Student Mental Health Crisis Covid-19 has exacerbated the fundamental flaws in our education system that contribute to, and are complicit in, the student mental health crisis. At NUS, our research has found that over 50% of students say their mental health has deteriorated or been affected negatively by the pandemic, yet we often see Covid-19’s impact on this crisis spoken about in isolation from its root causes. We know that with a collapsing job market, insufficient student finance and extortionate rents, 73% of students are concerned about how they will manage financially, and 9% have already needed to access food banks.

Preventing a Mental Health Crisis

On the Coattails of the Pandemic  We have all read the dire warnings of a mental health emergency following on the coattails of the pandemic. We have seen the surveys and research, including from Mind, evidencing this.

Preventing Suicide and Self-Harm amongst 16-24 Year Olds

Suicide: The Biggest Killer  While suicide amongst young people is rare, sadly, it is the biggest killer of people aged 16-24 (ONS, 2018). Suicide is not inevitable, it is preventable and it requires us all, from communities to educators to the government, to take action to save lives. 

Meeting the Mental Health Challenge of Mass Youth and Adult Unemployment

Employment and Good Work  Employment adds meaning to our lives and is connected with our sense of identity. It is important for realising our potential, achieving a sense of purpose and contributing to our communities.

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