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Newham College makes commitment to support students and staff with their #MentalHealth and wellbeing

Newham 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 Newham College plays a vital role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of its 12,000 students and 400 staff.

Paul Stephen, Principal and Chief Executive at Newham College, said:

“Newham College is dedicated to championing positive mental health and wellbeing within its workforce and students. Committing to this charter ensures the College continues to develop its training and mental health support programmes, helping staff and students to succeed in their careers and studies.”

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

“Every single day colleges like Newham 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.”

Norman Lamb MP, said:

“I strongly welcome this brilliant and important initiative. Students experience a range of mental health issues and it is vital that they receive proper and timely support. Heartfelt thanks to all those involved in this initiative.”

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