Tackling the Mental Health Crisis through Adult Learning

The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) in England and Scotland has just published its Annual Impact Report which includes survey results from its learners around issues of mental health and wellbeing.

One of the findings is that WEA students visit their GP far less frequently than the national average and this leads to the suggestion that that there is scope to develop preventative interventions based around learning programmes.

The survey found that 94% of WEA students said their course helped to keep their minds active 38% of students reported that the courses helped them to reduce stress 32% claimed that WEA courses helped with their mental health issues,

Amongst the WEA’s recommendations arising from this report is that ‘adult learning should be positioned by the government and Whitehall as an integral part of our nation’s mental and physical health recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic.’


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