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Mental health first aiders in Hambleton

Published on Tuesday, 27th June 2017

Mental health first aider

Hambleton District council has shown its continued commitment to ‘Mental Health awareness’ by having a team of qualified Mental Health First Aiders at work.

Twelve officers across the council including Hambleton’s four leisure centres are now equipped to provide guidance and support for people who are dealing with a whole range of complex mental health issues.

Over a two day course they studied topics such as mental health and depression, suicidal crisis, anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and self-harm, Psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The team is now able to spot the early signs of mental health issues, feel confident helping someone experiencing a mental health issue and guide people towards the right support.

 They can also provide help on a first aid basis and help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others and are working towards reducing the stigma of mental health issues.

“We are doing lots of work around delivering activities and providing services that are accessible for people with a range of mental health conditions, such as including Mental Health Ambassadors within our running groups” said David Earl – Development Officer – Health and Wellbeing who is also one of the first aiders.

 “What we learnt on the course will enable us to be more proficient in the way that we support people with mental health issues and be more effective in helping them overcome these issues. Mental Illness covers a wide range of conditions and is far more common than maybe many people realise.”

  •  Approximately 1 in 4 Adults in England have been diagnosed with a mental illness, whilst 1 in 10 children in the UK also experience mental health issues.

For more information contact David on 01609 767202 or david.earl@hambleton.gov.uk