Scotland's 10 year Mental Health Strategy(2017-2027) and Suicide Prevention Action Plan: Every Life Matters(2018) both put a strong emphasis on the importance of training and building capacity across the Scottish Workforce to promote positive mental health and well being. NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde(GGC) and partners are working together to ensure we meet these strategic outcomes via our Board's 5 Year Mental Health Strategy. It recognises the importance of ensuring staff working with people across GG&C are equipped and confident to support and promote positive mental health and well being.
What are we doing?
Mental health is everyone's business. Our team co-ordinate and deliver an annual training and capacity building programme which is open to anyone working in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area. Due to COVID 19 we have paused face to face delivery. We are offering Healthy Minds Sessions via Microsoft Teams. We work closely with Scottish Association for Mental Health to deliver a programme of mental health improvement related sessions including; Maintaining Wellbeing, Building Resilience, Introduction to Suicide Prevention and Mental Health at Work – a guide for managers. We have also worked in partnership with North East Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire Health Improvement teams to develop a session using the Public Health Scotland, Suicide Prevention, Ask, Tell animations to raise awareness around Suicide Prevention using online delivery.
You don’t have to be an expert to be having conversations about mental health. If we can create a culture where everyone has a basic awareness of mental health and wellbeing it can help eliminate stigma and discrimination and develop a more understanding society which values mental health equally alongside physical health. Our training and capacity building pathway has been developed to reflect other National Training Frameworks. It aims to help organisations, staff and volunteers identity their mental health training needs, help them feel confident and supported to embed mental health improvement within their practice and feel equipped to provide support for people in situations of distress, including self harm and risk of suicide.
During these unprecedented times the capacity to have face to face training is minimal. It is with this in mind that our team have collated a range of free online learning opportunities relating to Mental Health.
Further information: A guide to creating and running virtual meetings and events.