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Volunteer learning to spot mental health signs
6:00pm Friday 1st March 2013 in Bradford
Voluntary agencies are being given first aid training to help workers detect the early signs of mental health problems.
Two specialists, paid for by Wiltshire Council’s public health team, will be running the mental health first aid courses on March 8 and 15, at Trowbridge Hospital.
The fully-subscribed cou-rses are aimed at people working with those who may have mental health issues.
Training will help to make the volunteers aware of any signs or symptoms and give advice about supporting someone to seek help.
Maggie Rae, the corporate director for health, 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.”
Early detection of mental health issues can mean those affected get the support they need before their situation becomes more serious.
Wiltshire councillor Keith Humphries, cabinet member for public health and protection, said: “These courses give staff and volunteers the confidence and insight that can be needed to help someone who may be experiencing mental health issues.”