GMLPF has launched an online directory of mental health resources to support learning providers as part of its Lottery-funded GMLPF Minds project.
GMLPF developed the comprehensive online resource as a follow-up to the research we undertook and the mental health training we delivered during 2019.
Compelling evidence that mental health is a significant issue in learning and skills
The GMLPF Minds project received a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund. The programme started early in 2019 when we conducted comprehensive research into the impact of mental health on the delivery of apprenticeships and other training programmes. The results revealed compelling evidence that mental health is indeed a significant issue in the learning and skills sector. The mental ill-health of learners, and also staff, has a major impact on provider resources as shown by an infographic of headline results.
These research findings prompted us to implement a programme of training to equip our members with an understanding of the key issues and challenges of mental health, as well as formal qualifications in mental health first aid. We also extended the training to Liverpool City Region Apprentice Ambassadors who are now able to champion mental wellbeing in the workplace. (link)
Providers don’t know where to turn for initial advice on mental health
The work undertaken through the GMLPF Minds project highlighted the fact that many learning providers don’t always know where to turn for initial advice when either learners or staff present with mental health challenges in the workplace.
Given this, GMLPF has collated a body of valuable and relevant information, links and downloads and published it to a dedicated section on our website. The online resource (link) is a one-stop information point that provides links to useful downloads, free mobile phone apps, and articles and case studies as well as a support services directory.
Support services directory
The support services directory includes details of mental health services and charities that specialise in helping apprentices, students, staff working in education and the families of people who are facing challenges.
Ian Lomas, chief executive of GMLPF, says:
“GMLPF listens closely to its members. We invested the money received from The National Lottery Community Fund chiefly based on what they told us in our research into mental health in the sector. The strain of dealing with mental health issues is adding to an already pressured environment. Learner provider staff are starting to struggle, resulting in a markedly negative impact on outcomes for learners. The work GMLPF has carried out during the last 12 months has been invaluable, and we have had great feedback from everybody who took part.”
The online resource covers the following area:
- A list of organisations and charities offering support services for a variety of mental health issues
- A variety of downloadable material including leaflets and information packs about mental health
- A list of apps to download that offer support for mental health challenges
- A range of news articles with a focus on mental health
- A collection of case studies focusing on individuals dealing with mental health challenges
Ian adds: “The online resource is a useful tool for learning providers who need quick access to information and signposting to mental health support services. It is a growing resource, and our members can expect to see new information added regularly.
“GMLPF would like to thank the National Lottery Community Fund for supporting our project and enabling us to help our members, the learning providers of Liverpool City Region, address the challenge of mental health and its impact on the delivery of apprenticeships and other training.”