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Marshall ACM and The Shaw Mind Foundation collaborate on new e-learning initiative

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Marshall ACM and The Shaw Mind Foundation are proud announce a new initiative promoting mental health collaboration between universities and schools.

Today, Marshall ACM and The Shaw Mind Foundation launch a resource to raise awareness of mental health issues among education workers. This will train staff to recognise the symptoms, understand the challenges and gain awareness of the appropriate responses to these, using their 3Ps approach: Proactive – Pre-emptive – Preventive.

The program has already been trialled and commissioned by Newcastle and Cardiff Metropolitan universities as an integral component of their mental health strategy, but also as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility remit.

Marshall ACM – a market-leading provider of specialised mental health training software to universities – and The Shaw Mind Foundation – a pioneer in school-based mental health support – will create institutional network opportunities for schools and universities. The purpose: to create greater diversity of opportunity for the 17% of students entering higher education with existing mental health conditions, and mitigate the entry barriers they face.

This partnership is a Proactive social enterprise. Marshall ACM, with its unique market position, will provide access to a comprehensive network of higher education leaders and decision-makers, keen to take Pre-emptive steps to reduce the impact of mental health issues. The Shaw Mind Foundation will contribute its expertise and well-researched big data sets about school students facing mental health challenges. Together, Marshall and The Shaw Mind Foundation will encourage universities to support local schools with funding and infrastructure, providing integration of Preventive mental health services between schools and universities.

Each year, 6.4% of young undergraduates drop out after a year or less, meaning that universities face huge losses of both revenue and academic performance.

“At Marshall ACM, we are acutely aware of the tragic consequences that can stem from a lack of support for young people who are struggling with mental illness while simultaneously undergoing one of the most challenging transitions of their lives – from school pupil to university student. Our partnership with The Shaw Mind Foundation is designed to bridge the gap in knowledge and strategy that currently exists.” David Marshall – Founder, Marshall ACM

“The Shaw Mind Foundation is committed to supporting children and young people and helping them develop the tools needed not just to survive in today’s modern society – but to thrive. It is only by developing sustainable approaches to prevention that we will stem the epidemic that faces them today. Our partnership with Marshall ACM allows us to support the development of an emotional literacy that they can take forwards into further education and employment.” Kate Majid – CEO, The Shaw Mind Foundation

 

Further details of this initiative can be obtained from Kate Majid: kate@shawmindfoundation.org

 

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