A stidents’ union has won a national award in recognition of its mental health awareness and training work.
Edge Hill Students’ Union president Kayley Wilson accepted the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) award on behalf of her team, in recognition of their work to raise mental health literacy through the use of Mental Health First Aid training.
The winners were presented with their certificates by Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Patron of MHFA, at the House of Lords.
Kayley said: “We are overjoyed that our ongoing commitment to tackling stigma associated with mental illness has been recognised.
“We take this recognition to fuel the further work we have planned. We would like to thank Christine Clark (MHFA trainer) for the nomination and her for investing her time in us. Throughout 2014, the close partnership between Edge Hill Students’ Union and the university has delivered a comprehensive and concerted awareness-raising campaign which has included making the time to change pledge in March, and marking World Mental Health Day by hosting a highly successful conference and a number of associated activities in October.
“However, we wanted to do more than just ‘raise awareness’. We wanted to make sure that staff and students were equipped with the necessary skills to identify mental health issues at an early stage to prevent potential harm and ensure the correct support and guidance may be provided.”
We are overjoyed that our ongoing commitment to tackling stigma associated with mental illness has been recognised.