Market Place staff trained in mental health

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Last modified on 03/09/2019

Market Place, Bolton believes that mental health matters and as an organisation is encouraging its staff and tenants to be appropriately trained in mental health issues. Fifty-three staff from the Market Place management team, and a number of tenants including Starbucks, Amazonia, Tui, New Look, The Body Shop, River Island and Vision Express have recently completed the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems. This informative qualification aims to raise learners’ awareness of not only mental ill-health, but also the steps that can be taken to protect mental well-being.

Mental distress takes many forms and the course explores twelve different mental health conditions. These include: depression; bipolar disorder; stress and anxiety; phobias; obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD); post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia; eating disorders and dementia. Individuals studying the qualification were able to develop an awareness of the signs and symptoms of these conditions and how they may affect individual’s normal day-to-day lives. They were also able to gain an insight into how these conditions can be successfully managed.

This follows the Changing Minds event which Market Place held in August 2018. The event saw a number of well-known local charities and support organisations coming together at the centre to offer help and advice on mindfulness and wellbeing to the general public. Organisations involved included The University of Bolton, Headspace, Breakdown Bolton, Bolton Library and Museum, Bolton Carers Support, Bolton Dementia Support Self Help Services and Bolton Primary Care and Psychological Therapy Service. This activity helped create a hub of mental health support for the community, right in the heart of Bolton, helping to erase the stigma and alter mindsets about mental health.

Nikki Wilson-Cook, Centre Manager, Market Place says, “As an organisation we are very passionate about being able to understand and support those suffering from mental health issues. We want to raise awareness of these illnesses, but also to educate and support those affected too. Mental health is a growing concern, with one in four people in the UK affected by a mental health condition each year. If more organisations and individuals become better equipped to understand the causes and signs, we will go a long way to reduce the impact that these issues have on our communities.”

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