Mental Health North West

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 […]

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 AidĀ 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 […]

Coping Strategies for Lockdown

The announcement of a second lockdown for parts of the UK has led to many people getting in touch with us concerned about how they’ll cope – so below are some simple tips to help you get through the next few weeks. 1. Acceptance I know it might be difficult – but the covid measures […]

Sources of Support & Advice

We all need help from time to time – and sometimes that help might be specific advice, it might be technical knowleldge or it might just be someone to listen & tell us we’re not alone. We’ve put this list together of organisations and sources of information that we know work – there are literally […]

Online Learning Resources

This list is always going to be an ongoing project – and from time to time we’ll review and update it – if you’ve suggestions of your own then we’d love to hear them – please put them in the comments at the end of this post and we’ll review and where applicable add them. […]

Get Outside to boost your Mental Health

updated for lockdown! Study after study shows that time spent outdoors is not only beneficial for our physical health but is also great for our Mental Health – a double win! The interesting thing about most of this research is that it’s not big dramatic challenges like scaling a mountain or running a marathon that […]