Students take charge of their own health and wellbeing
Stockport College is putting learners at the forefront of their own health and wellbeing through a ground-breaking new package of online and offline learner services to mark World Mental Health Day, on the 10th October.
As well as being able to access support faster and more efficiently through an online portal built into college home screens and learners mobile devices, from this September, students are co-producing their own health and wellbeing workshops.
Mental Health Lead at Stockport College, Shaun Deakin, said: “We’re making our support more applicable to what our students want, with co-produced workshops, which not just prepares them better for college, but also for relationships with employers and fellow employees in the future.”
New arrivals are still provided with their own pastoral support tutor, with additional learning support allocated when needed, but from this academic year, help is faster and more targeted from the community thanks to a new partnership agreement with local services and charities.
“We already have a counsellor for 16 to 18 year olds and for adults, whom they can see far sooner than they would if they were referred by a GP, but now we can guarantee speed of service from external organisations.”
The Community Partnership links the college with partner agencies enabling fast and effective support for learners. Partner services offer fast and targeted support to those learners that need it most around issues such as: anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and self harm.
“For any students who may be suffering with their mental health, I say, just tell someone. Ideally, someone from the pastoral support team. They are well-equipped with the skills to ask and ask again, which is one of the themes of World Mental Health Day.
Our support package for students is second to none. If you have any issues, we are here to take care of you throughout your journey at College, and beyond.”
Pastoral staff across Stockport are all mental first aid trained and qualified in nationally-recognised suicide prevention strategies. In addition, Stockport College runs careers guidance, financial support and advice on further and higher education courses, which include opportunities for work experience at some of the community partnership organisations working within the health sector.