Mental Health+

Mental Health+ is a two-year Erasmus+ KA2 project which will establish requirements for inclusive mental health provision in Vocational Education and Training (VET) across Europe.

IO1: Mental Health+ Charter

Research will be carried out into best practices in mental health inclusivity across European VET, with their common features and approaches analysed. This will then feed into a series of minimum requirements which a VET organisations should adhere to in order to consider their provision inclusive of learners with mental health issues. These requirements will be presented in a ‘Mental Health+ Charter’.

IO2: Mental Health+ Benchmark Tool

The findings from the research in IO1 will be used as the foundation for the development of an interactive assessment tool for VET organisations to benchmark their current mental health inclusion policies. It will highlight areas for improvement and provide recommendations for how these can be addressed (e.g. what institutional changes, training etc. is needed) through links with the Charter. Organisations that receive an excellent result will be awarded a MH+ quality mark which can be used to promote their mental health inclusive status.

IO3: Mental Health+ Champion Skills Profile

Appointing a Mental Health Champion will be a key feature of a mental health inclusive provision as a dedicated member of staff will be employed to drive policy development. During the development of this output, field research will be carried out with equality and diversity leads, HR professionals, VET school leaders etc. to identify the specific needs of this role, which will be presented as a formal skills profile. This research will also inform supporting resources (guides, service-set up tools etc.) to help VET schools establish such a role.

Mental Health+ is an Erasmus+ project

This project is funded with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. Project No: 2019-1-UK01-KA202-062036. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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