College to adopt National Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter

College to adopt National Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter

Blackburn College has confirmed its commitment to students and staff 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.

Principal and Chief Executive of Blackburn College Dr Fazal Dad signed the document as the term begins for the new academic year.

The 11-point document 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.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter requires colleges to have a wellbeing and mental health policy with a clear implementation action plan which is monitored and reviewed regularly.

By signing up to the Charter, Blackburn College’s leaders will build on the College’s history of being fully inclusive and further promote its values and behaviours including respect for those with mental ill health.

Staff and students will work together over the coming academic year to develop targeted individual mental health support. This will also support the promotion of equality of opportunity and challenging mental health stigma through teaching and tutorial programmes.

Dr Fazal Dad, Principal and Chief Executive at Blackburn College said:

“At Blackburn College we want to demonstrate our commitment to promoting the wellbeing of all our students and staff and actively support their mental health.

“Whilst the College has already taken many positive steps to improve the wellbeing of students and staff, signing the Association of Colleges’ Mental Health Charter further cements our commitment to improving the lives and wellbeing of people in Blackburn with Darwen and beyond.”

Richard Caulfield, Association of Colleges’ Regional Director for the North West and Mental Health Lead said:

“Every single day colleges like Blackburn 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.

“I am delighted that Dr Dad and the team at Blackburn College are confirming their commitment to the mental health agenda.”

3 Oct 2019, 13:38 PM