Posts Tagged ‘Training’

VIDEO: Behind the Obvious – A campaign to reduce stigma and extend MHFA provision for young people

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Alisha Zahid, a former Salford resident and student at Bolton Sixth Form College, has launched a campaign which aims to dispel stigma of mental health and improve support within further education institutions.

Having lost someone close to suicide and experienced episodes of anxiety in the past, Alisha is determined that her ‘Behind the Obvious’ campaign will try and change attitudes among students in Salford and across Greater Manchester.

Increasingly, alarming figures pertaining to young people’s mental health continue to come to light in mainstream media. NHS figures published this year have revealed that nearly 400,000 children are in touch with mental health services, and that the number of ‘active referrals’ from GPs is one third higher than it was two years ago.

Speaking to Mind in Salford, Alisha described how lack of awareness and social stigma still prevents young people from feeling confident enough to seek help if they are struggling:

“Many people take it as a joke, mental health. Obviously, if you’ve not experienced it before you wouldn’t know how someone is feeling. But that’s mainly where the stigma comes from, people thinking it’s all a joke – but it’s not.”

This said, in a 2013 study of 14-18-year-olds by Time to Change, the organisation reported that in the space of just a few years, there has been a significant improvement in attitudes and understanding regarding mental health. Alisha hopes to channel this renewed understanding by encouraging peer support among students.

Although better awareness of mental health is a reason to be optimistic, students like Alisha believe schools and colleges should play a central role in preventing mental health crises by providing initial basic support, and a stigma free place for students to talk. This is a principle that has also been shared by the government in recent years, who, in 2017, announced a that every state secondary school in England will be offered one funded place on a young people’s mental health course, delivered by leading social enterprise, Mental Health First Aid England.

According to figures obtained by Mind in Salford, of the 22 secondary schools within Salford LEA which are eligible for the government scheme, only 11 of them have attended a course – leaving another 11 schools yet to be trained.

Therefore, as well as trying to affect change within the student community, the Behind the Obvious Campaign is calling upon every state secondary school in Salford to take up the offer, so that in the event of a mental health emergency, there is informed support readily available. Akin to this, the campaign calls for free MHFA places to be extended to include staff at sixth form colleges and further education institutions. Alisha has started a petition on this issue, which you can sign here.

Alongside Alisha, Mind in Salford have written to every school and further education institution in Salford to urge them to support student wellbeing, and sign the Behind the Obvious campaign petition.

For more information on MHFA with Mind in Salford, visit their website here, or to find out what training is on offer with Mind in Saflord, click here.

If you are educational professional who is unsure if you are eligible for free Youth Mental Health First Aid training, please contact,

Become a certified mindfulness teacher on the Mindfulness in Mind Practitioner Training Programme (PTP)

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Want to become a Mindfulness Teacher?  Our new Mind Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) prospectus is now available for the Mindfulness in Mind Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) starting in September 2018 – You can view and download the prospectus here.

The Mindfulness in Mind Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) is a 12 month part-time fully supervised training pathway.  Mindfulness in Mind is an affiliated training organisation of the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teachers, upholding the Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs).

“The excellent teaching and supportive attitudes of others are really reassuring. Such a range of personal backgrounds and life experiences on the course demonstrates how mindfulness can be beneficial for everyone.” – PTP Student

You can train on the PTP via our Northern Hub (Greater Manchester) or our Southern Hub (London)

The fees for the PTP can be paid by monthly instalments to spread the cost and the income from the PTP supports Mind to continue to deliver free 8 week mindfulness courses to people with mental health conditions on low or no income in the local community.

For a PTP application pack or further details contact: or call 0161 212 6441/4880


New Mindfulness Courses Programmed

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

We have just programmed in our initial 8 week Mindfulness courses for next year, more courses will be programmed if and when funding is confirmed. Please see our Mindfulness Courses pages for up-to-date information.

The newly programmed courses will include the newly funded courses for carers of people with dementia – for these courses, if there is sufficient demand, the Angel Centre will run an activity program for people living with dementia to run concurrently with the course. Please note these will NOT be running on the dates/times advertised by the Carers’ Centre newsletter.

Please note that all courses are subject to waiting lists, and unfortunately the general course places are all already filled from our waiting list; please e-mail us a referral form to be added to the waiting list if spaces become available, or you wish to attend a later course.

Course Day Time Start Date End Date Venue Contact Notes
General Mindfulness Wed 1pm-3pm 14 Jan 04 Mar Angel Centre Course Full
via referrals
General Mindfulness Wed 6pm-8pm 14 Jan 04 Mar Angel Centre Course Full
IAPT referrals
Mindfulness for Carers of
People living with Dementia
Mon 3pm-5pm 2 Feb 23 Mar Angel Centre Referrals to us
*Simultaneous Activity program for People with Dementia*
Mindfulness for Carers Thu 10.30am-12.30 3rd Feb 26th Mar Angel Centre Referrals via us
or the carers centre
General Mindfulness Wed 1pm-3pm 11 Mar 29 Apr Angel Centre Course Currently Full
IAPT referrals
General Mindfulness Wed 6pm-8pm 11 Mar 29 Apr Angel Centre Course Currently Full
via referrals
Mindfulness for Carers of
People living with Dementia
tbc tbc tbc Apr tbc May Angel Centre Referrals via us
*activity program tbc*
Mindfulness for Carers of
People living with Dementia
tbc tbc tbc Jun tbc Jul Angel Centre Referrals via us
*activity program tbc*

Volunteers take part in Advocacy Training

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

We held a training session in May for a set of eight prospective volunteer advocates.

Markus worked through some exercises with us on the obstacles Mental Health, Over 60 and Physical & Sensory Impairment clients may face, and talked about what makes a good advocate.

We also covered boundaries, listening skills and some anonymised case studies as a group.

We’re hopeful that a number of the attendees will go on to become volunteer advocates with us, helping provide a good service to you!

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Garden Needs Wins Salford Tender

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Logo Garden NeedsMind in Salford, in partnership with Social Adventures, have just been successful in winning the contract for Mental Health and Horticulture in the city.

The three year contract will build upon the current work we’re doing at Garden Needs, our mental wellbeing hub and garden centre in Higher Broughton.

It’s an exciting new venture and it will mean us expanding our operations, allowing us to offer

  • more skills training and qualifications,
  • more drop-ins and foraging walks
  • more opportunities to grow food, and to carry out landscaping and grounds maintenance.

The new contract starts at the end of April 2014 and we’re very excited!