On Mental Health Awareness Week, ColegauCymru joins forces with post-16 stakeholders to help tackle challenges faced by learners in Wales


As we celebrate #MentalHealthAwareness Week, ColegauCymru is pleased to have collaborated with key stakeholders to produce a series of policy principles focusing on the challenges faced by students in post-16 education.

The Working Group saw ColegauCymru join forces with Universities Wales, NUS Wales and Student Services Organisation, AMOSSHE, to develop policy proposals for the consideration of Welsh Government. The document has been published to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, together with case studies of excellent projects that support students’ mental health.

ColegauCymru Active Wellbeing Group Chair Simon Pirotte said,

“This is an important piece of work where key players in post-16 provision in Wales have come together to tackle head on some of the challenges facing our post-16 learners. We look forward to working with the Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing and Welsh Government to progress this agenda.”

With recommendations in areas including parity of experience, information sharing, roles and responsibilities, and funding, the Group now seek to meet with Welsh Government to discuss how we can develop meaningful policy in this area.

ColegauCymru Policy and Public Affairs Director Dr Rachel Bowen added, 

“We have long championed the importance of good mental health for the FE sector and supporting our post-16 learners with the various challenges they face. The Working Group is engaging HEFCW and has also shared the document with the Senedd Health and Social Care Committee in response to their consultation on Mental Health Inequalities.”

Further Information

Working Group Report
Post-16 Mental Health Policy Recommendations
May 2022

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