Mental Health Training and Support

About Us

Wiser£money is a partnership between Encompass Southwest and Navigate, two well established Charities. Our services provide free, impartial, confidential and effective money and debt management advice delivered predominately through home visits.

For this project, Mind in Somerset have joined the Wiser£money partnership to provide mental health advocacy and support.

Who can we help?

Financial hardship can affect anyone at anytime in their lives.

If you live in the Districts of West Somerset, Mid Devon or North Devon and are worried about your current or future financial situation and the impact that it is having on your health and wellbeing, contact us to discuss how we may be able to assist you.

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Contacting us can help you if:

  • You are struggling to meet the cost of your heating bills
  • You are struggling with debt
  • You are using credit/borrowing money to pay for essential expenditure
  • You worry about meeting monthly repayments
  • You would like to prepare a flexible, realistic budget
  • Your wellbeing is affected by money worries
  • Your benefits have recently changed or will be changing
  • You are facing financial difficulties and need assistance

Our Advice Services:

An adviser can help you with:

  • Mental health advocacy and support – Mind in Somerset provide advocacy and support to help you through the advice journey;
  • Finding the right energy tariff for your home
  • Welfare benefits advice and uptake
  • Budgeting and income maximisation
  • Money and debt advice
  • Accessing other support services

Mental Health Training for Partners

Our British Gas Energy Trust Funded project offers local partners and stakeholders the opportunity to undertake Mental Health First Aid Training – for FREE!

Our partners Mind in Somerset will be offering four 2-day Mental Health First Aid Training Courses and Four ½-Day Mental Health Awareness Courses during the project lifetime, 2019-2021.

We aim to upskill local organisations and communities working with vulnerable groups across the Districts of West Somerset, Mid Devon and North Devon.

Mind in Somerset

Mind in Somerset delivered two Mental Health First Aid Training courses during 2016 as part of our previous British Gas Energy Trust funded project. Twenty different agencies were represented on the courses with a total of 26 participants. Each of those attending the course completed an evaluation form. This highlighted that 84% of participants rated the course as “very good” while the remaining 16% rated it as “good”. The over-riding message from the evaluation was that the course had improved their own personal confidence/knowledge and understanding of how best to support others with a mental health problem. Some direct quotes from the evaluation:

About Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.

Developed in Australia in 2000 and now internationally recognised in 23 countries, the MHFA course teaches people how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues provide help on a first aid basis and effectively guide someone towards the right support services.

Mental Health First Aid – 2 Day Course

This courses usually costs £300 per person, but is being offered Free of Charge to local organisations working with vulnerable groups across the Districts of West Somerset, Mid Devon and North Devon supporting our British gas Energy Trust Funded Project.

Completing this course qualifies attendees as a Mental Health First Aider. Mental Health First Aiders have:

  • An in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix
What to expect

Learning takes place across four manageable sessions. Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan.

Numbers are limited to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.  Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health
  • A certificate of attendance to say you are a Mental Health First Aider

Mental Health Awareness – ½ Day Course

This courses usually costs £125 per person, but is being offered Free of Charge to local organisations working with vulnerable groups across the Districts of West Somerset, Mid Devon and North Devon supporting our British gas Energy Trust Funded Project.

The half day course is an introductory four hour session to raise awareness of mental health.

It is designed to give you:

  • An understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma
  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing
  • Confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue
What to expect

Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. We limit numbers to 25 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.  Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health
  • A certificate of attendance to say you are Mental Health Aware

If you would like to attend one of the training courses available, please use our central booking system by clicking here.

Please note that booking will be limited to two attendees per agency/organisation and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Further Information

2-day Mental Health First Aid Training – please visit https://mhfaengland.org/individuals/adult/2-day/ – this course is commissioned by Somerset County Council Public Health Team locally for whom Mind in Somerset deliver.

½ day Mental Health Awareness Course – please visit https://mhfaengland.org/individuals/adult/half-day/ it is four hours, and gives a light touch overview.

Or contact Andy Pritchard at Mind in Somerset by email at andrew.pritchard@mindinsomerset.org.uk