A baker’s dozen of brethren from Spilsby, Boston, Horncastle, Long Sutton, Skegness, Grantham, Gainsborough, Lincoln, and Cleethorpes have taken part in a Adult Mental Health Aware half-day course at the Lincoln centre, writes Charles Jackson, Lincolnshire's Assistant Proivincial Grand Almoner
MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) England trainer Ian presented a four-hour awareness session to the Brethren. MHFA England is part of an international community using evidence-based training to increase the mental health skills and awareness around the world. The vision is to normalise society’s attitudes to mental health, by developing the skills we need to look after our own and others’ well-being.
Mental health education empowers people to care for themselves and others. By reducing stigma through understanding, we hope to breakdown barriers to the support that people may need to stay well, recover, or manage their symptoms - to thrive in learning, work and life. MHFA Training was introduced to England in 2007 for the Department of Health.
In 2009 MHFA England community interest company was established, the core mission being raising mental health awareness amongst the general public. The aim of the course was to enable us to:
- Increase knowledge in mental health and mental health issue
- Understand factors affecting mental health
- Begin a conversation with someone about their mental health
- Look after our own mental health
It was an enjoyable morning for all attendees.