Falkirk charity helps firms with mental health

Stuart McCallum, fundraising manager at Falkirk District Association for Mental Health
Stuart McCallum, fundraising manager at Falkirk District Association for Mental Health

A Falkirk charity is planning to take its campaign for greater understanding of mental health issues to workplaces across the district.

The Falkirk District Association for Mental Health (FDAMH), based in Victoria Road, estimates that more than 50 per cent of adults referred to its counselling service are in either full-time or part-time employment.

The organisation wants to tackle the perception that, if someone is able to hold down a job, they are in no need of support.

It is hosting a series of mental health ‘first aid’ courses in the coming weeks, aimed at training employers and staff on how to support colleagues with mental issues and how to identify possible signs that they may need assistance.

Fundraising manager Stuart McCallum said: “We are determined to promote mental health awareness in local businesses in recognition that one in six adults have a mental health problem – and this does not stop if someone is working.

“General first aid courses are designed for ordinary people, they provide members of the public with the skills to provide help to an injured person - it’s the same for mental health first aid. This course provides skills to recognise when someone needs help with a psychological problem.

“First aid training does not make you a doctor and mental health first aid does not make you a psychiatrist – but it will increase your confidence when it comes to speaking to someone about their mental well-being.”

The two-day course takes place on November 3 and November 10, and will be run again on December 1 and December 8. For more information, call (01324) 671600 or e-mail stuart.mccallum@fdamh.org.uk.