All Severn Hospice staff and volunteers now have access to a new Mental Health First Aid service.

The hospice recognises that mental health is as important as physical health and is committed to raise awareness and promote mental health and well-being.

Severn Hospice Health and Safety committee runs the initiative with 17 staff now holding a Mental Health First Aid certificate endorsed by Mental Health First Aid England.

Mental health first aiders work in the same way as physical health first aiders; they are the first point of contact to offer support and signpost individuals to appropriate help.

Voluntary and Support Services Manager, Phil Brannon, said: “The hospice does fantastic work caring for the community and this starts with caring for our staff and volunteers.

“The Mental Health First Aider scheme is all about highlighting mental well-being in the workplace and offering more support to our workers.

“Mental health first aiders help detect mental ill health earlier, promote and support recovery and de-demonise mental health by reducing any associated stigma and discrimination.”


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