Taking mental health seriously

We’ve been developing some of people leaders and helping them in their personal and role development. Some of them attended Mental Health Awareness seminars in March and we’re currently running a second cohort.

The sessions are lead by Chris Graham of Carlisle Eden Mind to help start conversations about mental health and how to help those around us. For many years there has been a stigma around mental health issues and the purpose of the seminars are to start open, honest conversations.

An introduction to mental health can help people gain a better insight into a range of common mental health problems. It will also dispel the myths and stereotypes surrounding mental health.

Courses like this give us the tools and learning to better understand mental health; including how to recognise the causes, symptoms and support options for a range of common and less-common mental health problems.

Ian Wightman and Jane McAllister (pictured left) from the foodstore both attended the first cohort.

They agreed: “The biggest learning outcomes for us are we need to listen, treat everything in a confidential manner and be approachable.”