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Encouraging people with mental health problems to access learning

A positive start for new Barnsley Co-ordinator

It’s day 12 in my new role as Mental Health Co-ordinator for Barnsley CLMHP and I have been reflecting on what I have been doing so far.

Overcoming Barriers Barnsley MIND Video

Rotherham and Barnsley MIND in association with Northern College have produced a short humorous video depicting the first visit to college for a student who has mental health problems. The video, featuring members of MIND and Northern College students, shows, through Michelle's eyes, her first few hours at college and some of the barriers she overcomes.

This film was a small part of the MHFE virtual secondee project and sought to involve learners with mental health problems in identifying and overcoming barriers to returning to learning and encourage others to do so.

Improvisation, live performance and freedom

I was privileged to witness 2 amazing pieces of live performance last night at a celebration evening of Complementary and Supplementary schools at County Hall, Hertford. The Hertfordshire Music Service is currently running 'Songwriter 2012', a project  to support young people's emotional learning, which has been match-funded by the BME achievement team who coordinate the C and S schools, and who invited us to contribute some live music as part of the evening.

Recipe for Success - Sunderland College

 Image showing the cover of Sunderland College  additional section in Cooking up a Storm This page contains  additional information from Sunderland College as part of the Recipe for Success e-resource

Recipe for Success - Highbury College

Image showing the cover of Highbury College section in Cooking up a Storm This page contains  additional information from Highbury College in Portsmouth as part of the Recipe for Success e-resource

Back on Track Current Learners' Stories (2010)

This second Back on Track video from the Highbury College/Headspace partnership in Portsmouth includes interviews with:

The Take Ten People in the North East Project

What is this project about?

The Take Ten People Project (2010-2011) was part of a wider regional strategy, funded by the North East Mental Health Development Unit (NEMHDU), to improve the progression and employment prospects of people with experience of a mental health condition.  

You can do it: 1 in 4 customisable leaflet for adult learners/potential learners (incl. accessible formats)

Archived resource

This is one of  a series of 1 in 4 leaflets for adult learners/potential learners who have experience of mental health difficulties. This particular leaflet is designed to help people think about their aspirations and getting into learning. It begins to answer some of the questions they may have and to boost their confidence that they too would be welcome in learning and can achieve in learning .

Should I say? A detailed guide for young people

A detailed guide to help learners think about whether or not to disclose their mental health difficulty to their learning provider

This resource is also available in different formats:


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