• What does a good college mental health strategy look like?

    To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, Sarah-Louise Neesam explains how West Suffolk College has developed and implements a student welfare strategy I have been a student welfare manager for 17 years, a long period with which to watch changes in the demands made on the welfare service at West Suffolk College. Ten years ago, after seeing

    13.00 May. 16th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Government ignoring apprentices in mental health plans

    Apprentices have been ignored in the government’s plans to improve support for learners with mental ill-health, according to a critical report from two influential committees of MPs. The education and social care select committees were full of criticism for proposals laid out in December in a green paper on beefing up mental health provision for

    0.01 May. 9th, 2018 | News

  • FE leaders need mental health support too

    It can be lonely at the top, admits former principal Neil Bates People who have headaches but describe them as migraines have probably never suffered from a real migraine. People who sometimes feel a bit down and say that they are depressed have probably never suffered from depressive illness. My friend Joanne has a migraine

    5.00 Dec. 17th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Healthy organisations need healthy leaders

    The whole character of an institution is shaped by its leaders’ ethics, writes Dame Ruth Silver Leadership and mental health are subjects close to my heart and involve questions of trust, openness, civic responsibility and ethical engagement in further education. The issue is of current concern. In recent years, FE staff have been pushed towards

    5.00 Oct. 24th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Emily Chapman, vice president for FE, NUS

    Emily Chapman has overcome depression and anxiety to be elected as the National Union of Students’ new FE champion, a poignant reminder that challenges like these don’t define who you are or what you can achieve. The NUS’ newly minted vice-president for FE will take up the role in July, marking a complete turnaround from

    12.00 May. 12th, 2017 | Profiles

  • Colleges rely on A&E to help students with serious mental health issues

    Colleges are increasingly sending students who reach “crisis point” to accident and emergency, an FE Week investigation has heard. Nikki Lane, head of student wellbeing and progression at Great Yarmouth College (pictured right), said a combination of cuts and a lack of other options had led the college to fall back on calls to A&E

    0.01 Feb. 7th, 2017 | News

  • PM’s mental health first aid training pledge only for schools, not colleges

    The Prime Minister’s pledge to roll out mental health first aid training to education staff working with young people will not cover the FE sector. Theresa May (pictured left) spoke out yesterday about a “burning injustice of mental health and inadequate treatment” at the Charity Commission annual meeting at the Royal Society in London yesterday (January

    17.05 Jan. 10th, 2017 | News

  • How can colleges best support students with their mental health?

    Good mental health support is vital and can be improved by sharing good practice, says Ian Ashman. The Association of Colleges’ 2015 survey on mental health in colleges asked members about changes in the incidence of mental health issues amongst students. The intelligence provided by principals was startling. Two thirds said that the number of

    17.00 Sep. 30th, 2016 | Opinion