World Mental Health Day this Saturday (10th October), aims to raise awareness of the issues surrounding mental health.
Bolton Council is urging staff, partner organisations and the local community to train to become mental health aware.
From October onwards, Bolton Council is offering free training courses to their staff to ‘Become Mental Health Aware’ or ‘Become A Mental Health First Aid Champion’ which helps staff know how to spot the signs for early help and support.
The council is also working with Greater Manchester Health and Social Partnership and Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind to launch the Connect5 mental wellbeing training programme.
This targets Bolton’s partner businesses, third sector organisations and communities to upskill their staff and volunteers to better understand and successfully address mental health issues.
Community trainers will deliver the Conect5 wellbeing training to anyone who feels they would benefit from it in their role to support others such as hairdressers, taxi drivers, community groups, managers, clinicians, landlords, support workers and volunteers and details on this will be announced soon.
This year’s World Mental Health Day is more important than ever as people are struggling with the effects of the Covid.
Bolton Council and its partners are already delivering initiatives supporting positive mental health and have published the following guide https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1L2wPICpBy-wadLdAhquYZvrpdJRP1Qrc?usp=sharing
Even the most stoical people are finding it hard to cope with the added pressures of working and living with the threat of Covid and the isolation it brings.
It affects everyone, young and old alike, including parents, pupils and students, business owners, health and care sector staff and key workers, employees working from home or in new and different customer facing environments.
People may feel extremely distressed and not able to cope, being worried about their jobs, loss of income and possible effects it may have on their families and home and financial security.
They may also be struggling to cope with the grief of losing a loved one and some may already live with challenging mental health conditions.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Wellbeing, Cllr Susan Baines, said: “This year is a particularly difficult time for us all as we adapt to living with Covid restrictions and the isolation that results.
“In normal times up to a fifth of people may have to overcome significant mental challenges and this year is more challenging than usual and we want people to join a course and become mental health aware so they can protect themselves, their family, and friends.
“Mental wellbeing is everyone’s business and we can all make a difference to individuals by having timely and positive conversations.
“Remember it’s okay to feel alone, anxious and stressed but if you or someone you know is struggling please ask for help as there is professional support available.”
For more information visit:
- Single Point Of Access (SPOA) – If you need help with anxiety or depression then please contact SPOA on 01204 483101 or via their online portal – https://www.iaptportal.co.uk/bolt.html.
- Silverwellbeing Therapy Service – Call on 01204 917745 or email@example.com.
- Samaritans are here for you to listen in confidence and without judgement 24 hours a day for free. Contact them on 116 123 (Freephone) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Some useful information, if you’re having suicidal thoughts or worried about someone else http://www.shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk/
- Greater Manchester Bereavement Service - Call them on 0161 983 0902 between Mon-Fri 9am-5pm & Wed 9am-8pm or visit https://greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk/
- Kooth - Online counselling for children and young people in Bolton 11 – 25 years old – www.kooth.com
- Bolton’s Mental Health Microsite for Children and Young People - Bekindtomymind was co-produced by young people in Bolton and provides a directory of local services available to support young people’s mental health. To find out more and to watch the campaign video go to www.bekindtomymind.co.uk