WHAT IS THE 'MARSHFIELD - PROUD TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH' INITIATIVE?
It is an initiative launched by Marshfield local Beth Goodyear, that will help Marshfield become the first village in the UK to offer free mental health awareness training to anyone who lives or works in the village.
WHO IS THE TRAINING FOR?
The MHFA England 'Mental Health Aware' course is for everyone! In these challenging times, it is more important than ever that we talk about our mental health and wellbeing and feel confident to support others who may be experiencing poor mental health.
WHY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS TRAINING IMPORTANT?
Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Mental health issues affected 1 in every 4 adults. Since the Pandemic, it has been well publicised that more and more people of all ages are suffering from mental health issues. There has been a rise in anxiety disorders and depression and it is predicted that suicide rates will increase.
Marshfield has seen residents suffering with loneliness, redundancy, stress, financial worries and an uncertain future. The increased social isolation has affected older residents who have become increasingly lonely, parents who are having to reassure anxious children whose lives have been turned upside down and professionals who are suddenly working from home with limited social interaction. We also have key workers who haven’t stopped since March and who are feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. This is affecting everyone.
By raising awareness of mental health issues throughout the village, we will better understand how to look after our own mental health and wellbeing and have more knowledge of the common mental health issues. Improved awareness will also help to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and enable our community to feel more confident to offer support to friends, family, neighbours and colleagues.
WHAT IS THE ‘MENTAL HEALTH AWARE’ COURSE?
It is an introductory four-hour session developed by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England to raise awareness of mental health and is designed to provide:
- An understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma
- An understanding of the factors that affect mental health
- Awareness of Stress and tips on stress management
- A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues including Depression, Anxiety disorders, Psychosis, Eating disorders, Suicide and Self-harm
- An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining well being
- Confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue
- Further reading and helpful resources
Only qualified and approved MHFA England Instructors are authorised to teach the course.
HOW IS THE TRAINING BEING PROVIDED FREE?
The trainer Beth Goodyear is giving her time free of charge and will not make any money from running the courses, she will also cover the cost of the Zoom Pro-license which will be required for the online courses. The only costs associated with the courses will therefore be the MHFA England course materials at £13 per person, which include a manual and workbook to refer to and an attendance certificate. For those who do not have access to a PC or laptop, a small number of courses will be run, socially distanced in either the Church Hall or Community Centre where there is plenty of space but there will be a hire charge.
To help cover these costs, we are looking for sponsorship from local businesses and donations from residents who support the initiative.
HOW DO I DONATE TO / SPONSOR THE INITIATIVE?
To securely collect donations and sponsorship contributions, this dedicated ‘Crowdfunder’ account has been set up.
WHEN ARE THE COURSES TAKING PLACE?
The courses will be run throughout January 2021. Once everyone who wants to participate has attended a course, at least one course will be run every three months on an ongoing basis to allow anyone new to the village or anyone turning 18 years old to join the initiative.
WHO WILL RUN THE COURSES?
Marshfield resident, Beth Goodyear will be delivering the courses. Beth has been managing teams for 24 years and has been running FMHS Consulting as a professional Consultant and Trainer for 15 years, specialising in Facilities Management, Health & Safety and Mental Health. In 2018 she invested in training to become a MHFA England qualified Instructor and now teaches this alongside her other work. She is licensed to deliver all of the courses MHFA England offer which include the half-day ‘Mental Health Aware’ the one-day ‘MHFA Champion’ and the two-day ‘Mental Health First Aider’ courses.
Beth was born and raised in the village and has lived in Marshfield for 34 of her 46 years and is passionate about supporting the village and giving something back. Her maiden name is Danniells and she lived in the village as a child with her father John, mother Trish and brothers Luke and Jake. Her family experienced significant loss when she was around 8 years old, with her mum dying of cancer in her 30s and her brother dying in the school playground at only 11 years old. The support they received from the village during that devastating time was incredible and she still remember it now, nearly 40 years later which is why she is happy to give her time to help the village.
WHERE WILL THE COURSES BE RUN?
It is very likely that the face to face restrictions will still be in place in January, so the majority of courses will be run online via Zoom. For those who do not have access to a PC or laptop, a small number of courses will be run, socially distanced in either the Church Hall or Community Centre where there is plenty of space.
WHO CAN ATTEND?
Anyone over 18 years old who lives or works in Marshfield.
HOW DO I BOOK ONTO A COURSE?
Booking will take place from mid-November onwards. All courses will be bookable via Eventbrite with a range of different days and times scheduled. Booking sheets will also be available in Country Stores.
WHO ARE MHFA ENGLAND?
They are a social enterprise, who offer expert guidance and training to support mental health, in the workplace and beyond. A Licensed Provider of Mental Health First Aid training with a network of independent National Trainers who deliver MHFA England courses around the Country. This 3min video gives an overview; https://mhfaengland.org/mhfa-centre/about/why-we-exist/
For all enquiries, please contact [email protected]
BBC Radio Bristol Breakfast Show, Friday 23rd October - to listen visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08td1f4?fbclid=IwAR3OOOXDhBd4v8kfn2OKkWteLf6CCo4kHqez8iMf6qHHoU4239D4rDWT5Hg
COLLECTING SPONSORSHIP AND DONATIONS VIA CROWDFUNDER
As this initiative is raising money as a direct response to the COVID-19 crisis they will not charge platform or transaction fees. From the Crowdfunder website: This makes Crowdfunder 100% free for any project (be that a business or a charity) raising money in response to the coronavirus pandemic. We still include the option for supporters to leave a little extra when they pledge. It’s through these voluntary tips that we can further invest in our service to make Crowdfunder the best possible platform for crowdfunding great ideas.