This group was set up to address staff’s discomfort and lack of confidence talking about mental health. Initially 2-4 members, it’s now grown to 11 volunteers and its success continues to grow. The team sourced and completed individual external training in their own time, to upskill in areas such as Mental Health First Aid, Suicide Prevention and WRAP training; to gain expertise and trust. Since February 2018, they’ve held 18 support meetings with around 50 staff at a time. These were so often oversubscribed, they negotiated funding for wider mental health event at a hotel, attended by over 250 staff. The team have provided real, tangible support to upward of 1,500 staff throughout the region.
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