Residents are being encouraged to become mental health first aiders and develop the skills and confidence to support others across their community.
The week is a timely reminder of the problems millions have experienced because of the coronavirus pandemic. Official figures show that 1-in-5 adults have experienced symptoms of depression between January and March 2021.
Croydon Council, together with Transport for London, is funding a training programme open to all Croydon residents to enable them to become mental health first aiders. Everyone who completes the course receives a certificate from Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England.
The Community MHFA programme was launched in collaboration with Croydon Covid-19 Mutual Aid last July. Now, there are opportunities for volunteers to train in the evenings and at weekends.
The online course, which runs over four half days, teaches participants to recognise warning signs of mental ill-health and develop the skills and confidence to support someone – while keeping yourself safe – as well as helping that person access different kinds of help. In addition, participants will gain an understanding of issues around mental health to help tackle stigma about mental health.
Janet Campbell, the council cabinet member for families, health and social care said, “Once again Croydon Council is proud to support Mental Health Awareness Week and all week our social media will be sharing tips on how to get in touch with nature so you can improve your mental health.
“We are also encouraging people to volunteer and become mental health first aiders to help others in our community. Since we launched this campaign more than 250 people have attended this funded course which just shows how our wonderful community is willing to step up and play its part.”
Find out how you can become a mental health first aider by clicking here: https://www.croydon.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/mental-health-and-wellbeing/could-you-be-mental-health-first-aider
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