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Free training on mental health for staff from community organisations


Merton's Public Health team have a number of spaces available to Merton Partner organisations and community groups. These informative, bespoke sessions will each review the Public Health issues of Mental Health or Suicide, incorporating local knowledge before delving further into these important topics. Facilitated discussions and a range of interactive activities will challenge attendee views, shatter myths and discuss how to effectively incorporate training into staff roles.These sessions are for frontline staff who substantially work with ‘at risk’ and vulnerable groups (these are groups who are at great risk of suicide) and include:

  • young people aged 15-25,
  • vulnerable young people including care leavers, young people known to mental health services, youth offending or are looked after children.
  • people with mental health issues
  • people with substance misuse issues, rough sleepers and people with chaotic lives
  • middle aged men on low incomes
  • those with money/debt issues

Available sessions are:

  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), a 2 day programme
  • MHFA Champion, a one day training programme
  • Suicide Explained, a half day training programme

Participants will develop their understanding of:

  • Common mental health issues in addition to strategic knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness (MHFA Champion)
  • The importance of good Mental Health, touching on a range of disorders such as Anxiety, Depression, Self-Harm and Schizophrenia and how to support others by signposting to appropriate services (MHFA)
  • Language, myth and facts surrounding suicide, understanding who is at greater risk of suicide, basic steps to risk assess and deal with someone in crisis or having suicidal thoughts (SE)

Limited spaces are available for these training sessions and are granted on a first come first serve basis. To find out more, please contact Imran Mauthoor on Imran.Mauthoor@merton.gov.uk or 020 8545 4830.




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MVSC is delighted to have been awarded this contract and we are pleased we will continue our work with health and social care services within the borough. We work successfully in partnership across all sectors and are looking forward to delivering the best possible service we can for local people.