Renfrewshire Council

Provost speaking at Armed Forces Day 2018

Mental Health First Aid

Previously I have written about how in my role as Veterans Champion I want veterans to know they can always contact me if they are struggling and don't feel like they have anywhere left to turn.

Recently I attended a course on Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) that has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the whole armed forces community.

MHFA doesn't teach you to be a therapist, but I now feel more equipped to recognise the symptoms of mental health issues and how to reassure and respond to the situation.

There is still a huge stigma around mental health and people are often ashamed to discuss any issues they might be having with their family and friends. This may be more acute within the armed forces community, including the family members of those who are current or former serving personnel.

Part of the training is knowing which organisations can further support those who are struggling, and we have many services in Renfrewshire who can offer help and assistance to anyone who is finding things challenging.

I am here to listen, and I will help in whatever way I can. Please don't hesitate to get in touch, even if you just need to see a friendly face. No one needs to suffer alone.




Published 5 July 2019