Areas such as reducing the negative stigma surrounding mental health, improving the approach to staff and student wellbeing and providing appropriate training for staff have been covered within the charter.
Alongside the new charter, each of EKC Group’s family of Colleges and Business Units will have their own staff member who is a fully trained counsellor in order to help spot the signs of mental unrest earlier, and offer a service to those who need it. This will allow both staff and students to seek the advice they need while in their place of work or study, in a confidential way.
EKC Group’s Executive Director Student Experience & Wellbeing, Lauren Anning, said: “We recognise the challenges faced by young people today and we wish to support the mental wellbeing of students studying at our family of colleges. We want every student to have the best opportunities to reach their full potential whilst they are with us. This new Mental Health Charter will help us to achieve this goal, ensuring our students get the best opportunities to flourish in our learning environments.”