What if we could look the future in the eye and believe we could live in a culture, a reality in which our emotional wellbeing is equal to our physical wellbeing, a reality in which we did not foolishly rely on our silence to grant us immunity from the dark night, where communities would champion the knowledge, resources, skills and language to shine light where darkness cowers, where street by street, estate by estate, club by club, workplace by workplace, community by community we would develop the skills and resources to show we care, ask the question and call for help.
Why we are doing this.
Mental health issues are common in our communities, therefore individuals are likely to have close contact with people affected. However, most of us are not well informed about how to recognise mental health issues, how to provide support and what are the best services available. Someone in their community who is informed about the options available for professional help can assist the person to get appropriate help. There is also stigma and discrimination against people with mental health issues, which may be reduced by improving public understanding of their experiences.
How we will achieve this?
We will achieve this by facilitating the appropriate training, and building the network of CommunityMinders. The training we are using is Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). This training program teaches members of the public how to help a person developing a mental health problem, or experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem. Like traditional first aid, Mental Health First Aid does not teach people to treat or diagnose mental health or substance use conditions. Instead, the training teaches people how to offer initial support until appropriate professional help is received or until the crisis resolves. For further information or for enquiries conact us here.
Note: CommunityMinds™ is a community initiative aimed at facilitating individuals to engage in conversation around mental health. It does not provide counselling services and does not propose any of the individuals listed on this website or its social media pages, as anything other than ordinary citizens in the community who volunteer themselves as being available to simply “talk” to those in need.