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Shrewsbury Colleges Group offers free courses focusing on young people’s mental health in education and in the workplace, which can be studied from home.

The importance of the college’s free Open Distance Learning Courses and follows the publication of a major study by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) and The Prince’s Trust on the mental health and wellbeing of young people.

The report, released in January, outlines that young people are among the hardest hit by the pandemic and the importance of accessing support with their mental health.

Jonathan Townsend, UK Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust said: "The transition from childhood to adolescence can be turbulent, and the findings of this report underline why addressing and supporting young people’s mental health will only become more crucial as the impact of the pandemic unfolds.”

Shrewsbury Colleges Group has a number of distance learning courses focusing on young people’s mental health in education and in the workplace. With no requirement to attend college, these courses can be taken by people living across many parts of England and over the border into Wales for free.

Gain a nationally recognised Level 2 Certificate in the following subjects:

• Awareness of Mental Health Problems
• Understanding Behaviour That Challenges
• Understanding Children and Young Peoples Mental Health
• Mental Health First Aid/ Advocacy in the Work Place 
• Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Students will be provided with reading materials, assessment paperwork to study independently and also receive support and feedback from their course tutor.

Whitney Crenna-Jennings, report author and Senior Researcher at the Education Policy Institute (EPI), said: “Young people already face significant challenges at this stage in their lives, but this generation has also had to deal with a pandemic that will have starved them of the vital relationships and experiences needed to support their journey through adolescence.”

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