Wednesday 12-04-2017 - 11:20
Today at the Disabled Students Conference in Manchester the Disabled Students’ Officer, James Elliott, launched a report on further education students’ experiences of mental health.
In February 2017, NUS held a roundtable about mental health provision in further education. The roundtable brought around twenty-five college students together to share their experiences and make recommendations for what good mental health provision should look like and this report is a result of those conversations.
Combining secondary research and insights gathered on the day, the report details the issues students identified as being the key drivers of poor mental health, as well as the areas they believe that support is missing. It outlines what students believe good mental health provision should look like and provides examples of good practice from FE colleges. It also includes a charter for mental health provision in colleges, which has been built with and for FE students
Some of the key headlines from the report are:
• For many FE students, the main drivers of poor mental health included social media, sexuality, college workload and poor Careers Information, Advice and Guidance.
• Many students struggle to access mental health support because there are still huge amounts of stigma, shame and discrimination surrounding mental health in further education. Cuts to college funding and long waiting lists were also identified as a barrier to accessing support.
• Students want mental health services to be adequately funded and that they want their colleges to run campaigns about the symptoms and different forms of poor mental health, that have been specifically tailors to the FE student.
You can read the report and the charter for mental health in more detail here.