E-learning resource for Further Education college staff

February 05 2020

A new e-learning platform designed for non-specialist college staff aims to help build confidence in supporting students around mental health

Research demonstrates that the period 16-25 is associated with a number of risk factors with the potential to affect a young person’s mental health. Following on from the successful higher education e-learning portal, the further education platform has been specifically written for those staff who offer day-to-day support to students in a range of settings, such as, in cafes, security, careers, libraries and in academic pastoral support.

The e-learning resource provides evidence-based information and training models on a range of mental health issues. The three easy-to-follow 20-minute sessions cover signs to look out for, key helping skills and knowing who else to involve.

It is part of wider joint work between Charlie Waller Trust and the Association of Colleges (AoC) to support wellbeing among further education students. The two organisations are working with a number of colleges throughout the UK, helping to deliver training and resources to support staff and students.

Andrew Reeves, Director: Colleges and Universities, said:

Supporting young people in colleges and universities is a key part of our work. We’ve found that it is the non-specialist staff who often find themselves in the front line with students who may be experiencing mental health issues. Our aim to equip those college staff with the skills and confidence to support students who may confide in them.

Further education staff can access the e-learning sessions on our e-learning site

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