NHS Kernow leads an initiative to support mental health in Cornwall


Working together, the NHS and Local Authority public health services have commissioned a new mental health support package for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The three modules cover psychological first aid, mental health awareness and trauma informed training.

It is hoped the training will be available later this year to help individuals with their own wellbeing and give people the confidence and skills to support others. In addition, the modules have been designed to create a more trauma-informed and supportive environment in the workplace.

NHS Kernow’s Stuart Cohen says: ‘The COVID-19 pandemic has had a clear impact on the workforce across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, which includes those working on the front line from the NHS, Local Authority, care homes, home care providers and the voluntary sector. Other workplaces impacted by the pandemic include those who have experienced closures, having staff on furlough, working from home and returning to the workplace after a period of furlough.”

The training package will be freely available to all workplaces, including the public, private and voluntary sectors. It will provide insights into how to recognise the signs of stress in yourself and others and will offer practical tips on how to manage mental health, stay positive and become more productive and happy in your work.

The package has been developed and is hosted by TeamDoctor and The Sound Doctor.

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