Highbury College is proud to announce it is the latest college to sign up to the Association of Colleges (AoC) Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter.
In signing, the College is further committing to creating an environment that promotes wellbeing and proactively supports student and staff mental health.
The charter, created in collaboration with mental health experts, is an 11-point pledge that includes commitments to: promoting equality of opportunity and challenging mental health stigma, providing appropriate mental health training for staff and providing targeted individual mental health support where appropriate.
When talking about the health and wellbeing support available at the college, recent Access to Higher Education Diploma graduate Louise Lee said: “The pastoral care was great and I got a lot of care and support from staff. My tutors were amazing and so supportive.”
After overcoming significant barriers Louise is now studying Psychology at the University of Portsmouth and was recently awarded a £2,250 bursary from the Helena Kennedy Foundation to help her continue her studies.
Alongside this pledge, Highbury staff will be completing a free mental health first aid training course, which is also available to the community at no cost.
Interim Principal and CEO of Highbury College Penny Wycherley said: “The pandemic has been a demanding time for everyone. Our students are having to cope with the additional stress of lockdowns and social distancing on top their studies. For some, this could make them feel isolated or overwhelmed.
This is why we are introducing a range of additional training and support to encourage our students and staff to speak up and ask for help if they are struggling.”
Chair of Governors Paul Quigley added: “It’s important to recognise the toll Covid-19 has taken on our mental health. In signing this charter, we are further demonstrating the College’s commitment to supporting our students and staff, and letting them know that help is available.”
The College is also offering a range of free mental health & wellbeing courses which can be studied remotely from home.
For more information, visit www.highbury.ac.uk