Let's Make Watford A Wellbeing Town

In a partnership between Dean Russell MP, the Watford & West Herts Chamber of Commerce along with Wellspring Church and local community groups and champions, we are on a mission to train 1000 people in Mental Health First Aid Awareness.

This Watford project will provide Mental Health First Aid training to local businesses, residents, schools, charities and community groups.

Dean Russell MP said “I am delighted to be able to launch this project with the support of the prime minister, the Watford & West Herts Chamber of Commerce and so many brilliant local people. Transforming the mental health of our town is a personal priority of mine and even though Covid-19 slowed down this initiative, I am so pleased to be able to get it back up and running again.


Nigel Railton, CEO of Camelot: “It gives me great pleasure to support this Mental Health First Aider project and to confirm that Camelot will cover the training costs for six people to become instructors by donating £30,000 for the project.”

Chris Luff, CEO of Watford & West Herts Chamber of Commerce: “We believe mental wellbeing is the most critical and impactful issue that faces our workforce today. In both our personal and professional lives, we all have a responsibility to participate & contribute to the wellbeing of our community - regardless of what you do, who you are and where you come from.

I am pleased to work with our local MP and wider Watford community in training mental health first aiders.

Register your interest to join our campaign. Click here to access the registration form. 

In partnership with local communities including:


Ten Minute Rule Bill:
Workplace Mental Health First Aid

On 23rd March, Dean Russell MP presented a Ten Minute Rule Bill in an attempt to change the law to make it compulsory for mental health first-aid to be in every workplace.


The Bill was delivered in the House of Commons  in an attempt to make mental health provision in workplaces a legal requirement, and if there are no objections it will go straight through to second reading.


The Bill is designed to make mental health first-aid part of first-aid training requirements in workplaces as well as in wider society. If successful, employers and colleagues could play a part in spotting symptoms, signposting people to further help, or simply just listening.

Complete the mental health first aid survey here

Latest Mental Health News

International Men's Day -
Male Suicide Prevention

In the Backbench debate on International Men's Day, Dean Russell MP spoke about the impact and tragedy of suicide in the UK.

In the debate Dean spoke about how we lose far too many men every year to suicide.

As he stated in his speech, it is so important to check in on one another, to listen to each other and to be kind - including online.

It is never, ever a weakness to ask for help and it is okay not to be okay.


If you are struggling, please do speak to somebody. 

A full list of contact details for local services in Hertfordshire can be found here.

Dean's Local Campaigns

Funding For
Watford General

Find out about Dean's successful lobbying for £400m funding for West Herts Hospital Trust.

Infrastructure & Local Issue

From Woodmere Avenue to local infrastructure issues. Find out about Dean's local work. 

Mental Health
& Wellbeing

Find out how you can help put mental health & wellbeing first across the town.

Safe Streets &
Fighting Crime

Find out about local efforts to tackle county lines crime and ensure our streets are safe.

Tackling Homelessness

Dean has helped secure over £4m to end homelessness in Watford. 

Increasing Skills & Jobs

Find out about the latest initiatives for skills and jobs from kickstarter schemes to training. 

Food Waste & 

Join Dean in tackling food waste and ending the use of single use plastic across Watford. 

Community & Volunteering

An active volunteer in Watford, find out about local and national community initiatives