Mental Health North West

Walking in the Rain

sometimes its the simple things… It’s a cold wet Friday in the depths of a British Winter – perhaps not the most appealing of days for a Wellness Walk’s Big Day Out trip to somewhere as spectacular as the Great Langdale Valley in the English Lake District, but, as  we’re going to find out, its […]

Why it matters who you recommend…

Things to think about This post is for our social prescribing partners (current & especially potential) because we think what follows is crucial for people who are recommending outdoor activities to think about. When any of us with a position of explicit, implied or assumed responsibility recommend or suggest something it carries an inherent validation […]

Why it matters who’s leading your activity

Lessons need to be learnt On October 30th 2021 one of the worst tragedies in outdoor activities for many years happened in Haverfordwest; a series of errors and a lack of appropriate experience ultimately led to four paddleboarders losing their lives in circumstances that should have been totally avoidable. The outdoor sector needs to understand […]

October News

Wellness Walks secures funding for another two years! We’re super pleased to be able to say our program of walks in West Cumbria hasn’t just secured funding for the next two years – we’re now able to expand it – we’ll be launching a new Wellness Walk program of events in the Workington/Whitehaven area early […]

Starting a conversation; saving a life

Trigger Warning; this post talks about suicide This article originally appeared in my ‘other’ line of work as a mountain guide – but it deals with an issue that doesn’t care what your job is – so we thought we’d share it here. In 2018 there were 6859 preventable deaths in the UK & Republic […]

New Course – First Aid for Youth Mental Health

We’re launching a new course – specifically aimed at those who work with young people. A lot of people reading this will know this is a course close to my heart – with over 20 years experience as a specialist foster carer I know just how important having someone able to spot the signs that […]

Distance Learning & Web-based Course details

We’re now delivering some of our First Aid for Mental Health (FA4MH) courses via a mixture of home learning, webinar & support – they’re the same great OfQual regulated courses – delivered differently for these different times! This post details how the courses will run as an over view – and then has specific guidance […]

We’ve become a CIC

We’ve big news – Mental Health North West has become a Community Interest Company. When I first started delivering courses under the name Mental Health North West the aim was simple – to get help for mental health issues as much recognition as it needs – to help people have the skills to help someone […]

Choosing a First Aid for Mental Health course

Our top tips on what to look for if you’re choosing a First Aid for Mental Health course   I wrote a post similar to this many years ago about selecting a First Aid Instructor – but several years into delivering First Aid for Mental Health courses I’ve come to realise that it’s even more important […]

Meeting & walking with a stranger

I recently offered some free supported walks for people struggling during lockdown – the response was huge. Now for me this is relatively easy – its kinda what I’ve done for a living for over a decade – but a lot of lovely people reached out to ask how they could do the same. Which […]