CWMT has developed an online learning resource for FE staff, providing evidence-based information and training modules on a range of mental health issues. The aim is to help non-specialist staff feel more confident to spot and respond to signs of distress amongst students. As more students disclose a mental health issue it is crucial that all staff are confident and able to respond.
This is part of wider joint work between CWMT and AoC to support good mental wellbeing amongst FE students. This includes partnering with FE Colleges to support mental health work and to contribute to capacity building at an institutional level, where resources for mental health interventions are often very limited.
For students experiencing depression, anxiety, homesickness or low self-esteem, that first conversation can make all the difference – and it’s often non-specialist staff such as personal tutors, catering staff and librarians who first notice that a student may be in distress.
Area Director (NW) and National Lead Mental Health, Richard Caulfield said:
"With 85% of colleges reporting an increase in mental health problems in the past three years, it is crucial that all staff in colleges have the tools and confidence they need to support students who need it. The FE e-learning package will help, non-specialist staff who are often a first line of support to students who may have mental health issues. These staff are on the front line and the training tools can help them ensure that students get the right help at the right time ."