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OSFC makes commitment to support students and staff with their mental health and wellbeing

OSFC makes commitment to support students and staff with their mental health and wellbeing

Oldham Sixth Form College has reaffirmed its commitment to staff and students by signing up to the 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. 75% of adults with a diagnosable mental health problem experience their first symptoms before the age of 24, meaning OSFC plays a vital role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of its 2300 students and 250 staff.

Jayne Clarke, Principal at OSFC, said: ‘Promoting and supporting student and staff mental health and wellbeing have always been priorities for us at OSFC, so we are very proud to confirm our commitment through signing up to the Charter.  We work hard to ensure everyone at the College benefits from a positive and supportive environment in which to work and study.’

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

“Every single day colleges like Oldham Sixth Form 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.”