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Local Hospital Launches Mental Health First Aiders

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The mental health first aiders with their certificates after they passed the course

24 January 2019

The Trust has introduced new mental health first aiders to help look after the health and wellbeing of staff.

A group of 17 staff at Leighton Hospital, part of Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, have received specific training to support colleagues.

The training, which is accredited by Mental Health First Aid England*, allows the group to be a first point of contact for someone who is experiencing a mental health issue or in emotional distress.

Whilst the group aren’t therapists, psychiatrists or counsellors they are trained to listen in a non-judgemental way, provide crisis support and signpost people to the most appropriate help.

Bobby Sharma, Chair of the hospital’s Health and Wellbeing Group, said: “One in four people will experience a mental health problem this year but unfortunately, not everyone will feel confident to talk about it.

“We want to change the way mental ill-health is perceived and remove the stigma and discrimination, so our staff feel confident to discuss how they are feeling and seek out the appropriate support.”

Heather Barnett, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, said: “It is important to us that the wellbeing of the staff is looked after. With the new mental health first aiders we can support staff when they need help.

“Looking after our staff is the best way in making sure that our patients receive the very best care possible.”

If you think you may be affected by mental ill-health you can visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/