The Mentally Healthy College Project, a partnership between Glasgow Clyde College and Scotland’s national mental health organisation SAMH, promotes positive mental health for staff and students.
We are the first institution to develop a whole college approach around positive mental health by improving collective capacity of staff and students. Developing a non-clinical model, we are making conversations about mental health standard practice for all staff and students and equipping different levels of staff to support learners.
The biggest impact is that students know that mental health is being de-stigmatised, it is okay to talk about mental health and that there is someone able and willing to listen. This has increased disclosure rates as well as improving our retention and attainment levels for students.
This project has significantly increased staff capacity, meaning that all students will benefit from the initiative rather than a specific pilot group. Sustainability through the training of key staff and the implementation of a peer support model will ensure a lasting legacy of the partnership and blueprint for other institutions.
The project has enabled the college to retain its educational focus whilst increasing staff confidence and capacity, rather than developing a clinical model.