Mental health and wellbeing in colleges

This is part of the Greater Manchester mentally healthy schools and colleges programme. It's developing the capacity of further education and sixth form colleges to collaborate to support the mental health and wellbeing of their staff and students

March 13th 2020

There are 21 colleges in Greater Manchester (9 general further education colleges and 12 sixth form colleges) and approximately 90% of 16 to 18 year olds in Greater Manchester are in colleges. During an academic year approximately 51,000 out of 56,000 16 to 18 year olds will study at these further education and sixth-form colleges.

“The benefits that this programme has had in relation to the transition from High School to engagement in College has been outstanding. The feedback we have had from the young people and parents / carers is amazing, they have commented that the young people in their care have achieved and continue to achieve things that they never thought they could! Thank you so much  for enabling us to provide these opportunities for Year 12s this academic year. These opportunities will have changed the lives of many at Worsley College now and for their future”. Rebecca Cross, Head of Pastoral Support

The Association of Colleges (North) was awarded funding to deliver a programme to raise awareness and support development of the mental health agenda within individual colleges. Two main providers are supporting the project, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapists

You can read more about the programme here