On Sunday 27th January, The Council of European Jamaats launched the first well-being training course as part of the president’s manifesto commitment to promote well-being in the community.
This awareness and skills training course explored ways on being mindful of your own well-being and highlighted how to spot the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues in order to provide initial support and help on a first aid basis. The session equipped the participants with skills to guide a person towards appropriate professional help and also to help one develop an understanding of how one can create and maintain a healthier community.
This program was fully subscribed to 16 participants and had a long waiting list.
Feedback received from the participants:
All the participants felt that their personal confidence in how to best support others with a mental health issue had significantly increased after the course
91% of the participants rated the CoEJ MHFA course as Very Good.
Some of the comments about the training:
“The realisation that we can all reach out and help each other as a first point of call without being professionals in the field “
“Not hold back when I see someone who may be in need of some support and have the courage to approach them sensitively “
“Poor mental health can be crippling for the sufferers, yet people affected by this can appear to be very normal, confident and independent individuals, making it a challenge to identify the ‘invisible’ problems and challenges. We need to develop and use two skills with any and all our interactions – active listening and being non judgmental. If we behave with everyone we meet using these two skills at the very forefront of our conversations, we will be supporting, accommodating and helping heal poor mental health without necessarily being aware of what it is and who is affected. If we can work on ourselves in these two areas, we will inevitably help others. The one day MHFA is a brilliant way to become aware of this.”
“Maria was fantastic, her authentic manner and sharing of her own knowledge, expertise and experiences. A true pleasure and honour to learn from her, a real asset to the MHFA world!”
Please click on the photo below to watch a short clip by Sheikh Jaffer Ladak on the MHFA Training Course
Below are some photos from the event