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View from the House: Mental health: We should all help

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 May 2018

Iain Duncan Smith addresses the Conservative spring forum at the Welsh Conservative Conference in Cardiff. Photo: David Jones

Iain Duncan Smith addresses the Conservative spring forum at the Welsh Conservative Conference in Cardiff. Photo: David Jones

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This week is Mental Health Awareness week.

The World Health Organisation defines mental health as a state of wellbeing in which every individual achieves their potential, copes with the normal stresses of life, works productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community.

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act.

Mental health and physical health should be of equal importance. It is vital that we all understand how to recognise the symptoms and signs of common mental health issues and help in a moment of need.

Mental Health First Aid England have based their support on the First Aid model and is now the mental health equivalent. Through Mental Health First Aid training classes, an MHFA certification teaches people how to “effectively guide a person towards the right support, be that self-help or professional services”.

To date, MHFA has trained just under 300,000 people in mental health first aid and three million globally. It is the kind of support that all institutions from schools to hospitals and businesses should have available to them so that they may be able to assist someone who needs their help.

Mental health is no longer the taboo subject it was, people now recognise that it is vital to recognise the symptoms of mental illness and be able to support someone who is suffering. We should all play a role in ensuring the right level of support is there for those who need it.


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