Course helping identify mental health issues

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Professionals from across the county have been taking part in a course designed to help them spot the signs and symptoms of mental health problems in young people.

The internationally recognised course was attended by adults who work with young people between the ages of 11 and 18 and included teachers, youth workers, learning support assistants and teenage pregnancy support staff.

The course, delivered by the Northumberland Specialist Health Improvement Service, is designed to increase knowledge in those supporting young people who might be experiencing crisis or who are living with mental health diagnosis.

However, the specialist course is also looking to create an awareness of the positive changes that people can make in order to help them have a happier and more fulfilling life.

Coun Scott Dickinson, chairman of Northumberland County Council’s health and wellbeing board, said the course was invaluable in the county.

“Early detection of mental health issues can mean those affected get the support they need before their situation becomes more serious,” he said.

“This course give staff and volunteers the confidence and insight that can be needed to help someone who may be experiencing mental health issues and to guide them to the right support services at an early stage.”

For more information about Youth Mental Health First Aid, email Tracy.Bruce@nhct.nhs.uk or call (01670) 532013.