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Training to help detect the signs of mental health
9:54am Tuesday 12th March 2013 in News
People working in voluntary agencies have been attending special first aid training to help detect the signs of mental health problems.
Two specialist trainers, funded by Wiltshire Council’s public health team, are running courses called Mental Health First Aid Training.
The courses are aimed at people working in voluntary agencies where they may come across people at risk of mental health issues.
They receive training so they can be aware of signs and symptoms and how to support someone to seek help. Early detection of mental health issues can mean those affected get the support they need before their situation becomes more serious.
People attending a recent course in Trowbridge gave feedback saying the course content was very good and the topics were presented in an understandable way.
Corporate Director Maggie Rae said: “These courses are always well attended and really do help people have a good awareness. We know people in Wiltshire are well motivated to help others but when it comes to mental health problems we can feel embarrassed, out of our depth or not sure what to say or how to say the right thing.
“The Mental Health First Aid Training Courses provide really practical advice on how to help people with mental health issues, on how to be aware of the signs and symptoms and how to help them.”
The next course is being held on Friday