This year’s theme is Psychological first aid.
We never know when in life we are likely to come up against mental health problems. With one in four adults experiencing mental distress at some point in their lives, and mental illness on the rise in young people, the chances are that at some point either we, or someone we know, is going to be affected by a mental health issue. Learning the basic principles of psychological first aid will help you to provide support to people who are very distressed, and, importantly, to know what not to say.
At The Project, we believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to arm themselves with some basic knowledge, awareness and understanding of mental health issues, so that if at any point we are faced with supporting someone who is struggling, we can be there for them and feel more confident about how we could help. So whether as a parent or friend, or as health staff, teachers, firemen, community workers, or police officers, we can all find ourselves in that caring role.
The Project runs a programme of mental health awareness training and workshops, which can help people in all walks of life to feel more confident in providing support to friends, loved ones and colleagues, or the young people we teach, support or care for.
Youth Mental Health First Aid training is an internationally recognised, certificated course which fits perfectly to this year’s World Mental Health Day theme of psychological first aid. It is a course which all The Project’s staff and volunteers undertake, and which we have promoted and run for the past 3 years. Feedback to the training has been unanimously positive, with all participants reporting they have more understanding and confidence to provide that much-needed support.
We are in the process of putting together our training programme for the next 12 months, and details of all our mental health training can be found on our website at http://theprojectyp.org.uk/training/
The investment in psychological first aid is part of a longer-term effort to ensure that anyone in acute distress due to a crisis is able to receive basic support, so do your bit to support World Mental Health Day – sign up to one of our training courses, and become that person who can help support someone in distress.
It’s part of our passion at The Project that everyone who comes into contact with young people in any capacity has some basic tools to be able to offer support. You never know when and to who a young person may disclose a problem, and if we are privileged enough to be the person they trust enough to share that with, we owe it to them to be ready to offer the support and information they need.