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First Aid classes in Mental Health making an impact for young people

Friday, December 28, 2018

More than 1,500 people have been trained in ‘mental health first aid’ through a range of programmes focusing on promoting mental wellbeing in the last two years. 

We're leading the development of training for staff and partner organisations on: 

  • Mental health awareness sessions
  • Self-harm awareness
  • Skills interventions
  • Suicide prevention training 

To date, more than 1,500 people from a range of health disciplines and education have taken part in the “What’s the Harm” training course on self-harm, a major and rising public health challenge, with demand for the course continuing. 

Young people’s mental health is also being addressed with work being carried out with a number of partners from schools and youth service providers to the voluntary sector to further develop digital resources aimed at young people.  

Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health said: “There are a range of initiatives ongoing that are designed to promote positive mental health as well as helping to reduce stigma and discrimination.

"In addition, as part of the Clyde Gateway Partnership programme in Glasgow’s East End, improved links have been made between local schools and CAMHS staff to improve access, consultation and enable speedier referrals. We anticipate there will be learning from this new way of working that could be applied in other areas.”

 

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