Mental Health First Aid

My Plan for Watford - Dean Russell MP

One of my most significant manifesto pledges was a commitment to train 1000 local people in mental health first aid awareness, as part of my campaign to transform mental wellbeing in Watford.

Being run In partnership with the Watford & West Herts Chamber of Commerce, the project is part of my mission to make Watford a wellbeing town. Watford-based Camelot, the operator of The National Lottery has generously funded the initiative, having provided £30,000 for the project.

This Watford project will provide mental health first aid training to local businesses, schools and community groups. People can register their interest through the Watford & West Herts Chamber of Commerce, here:

There is a fee of £80 per participant (an almost 75% reduction than signing up for the course elsewhere). However, for students, small businesses and people from lower incomes, that fee will be waived. All participants must be a resident or affiliated to the Watford constituency to take part.

I am delighted to run this project with the support of the Chamber of Commerce and so many brilliant local people – not to mention Camelot. Transforming the mental health of our town is a personal priority of mine. I want mental health to be seen in the same way as physical health, and to encourage people to talk about how they are feeling.


‘The Son’ screening with Hugh Jackman 

I was truly honoured to be invited with a small group of leaders in mental health to attend a special screening of ‘The Son’ introduced in person by director Florian Zeller & actor Hugh Jackman last night. 

Children's Mental Health Week 2023

This week is Children's Mental Health Week.  

It’s so important to talk about mental health and well-being and to seek advice if you need it. 

Dean Russell MP supports Queen's Speech

Dean Russell MP proudly supported the Queen's Speech in Parliament this week.

Dean's contribution focused on his Tips Bill, Watford's successful Mental Health First Aider Programme, tackling loneliness and promoting online safety.

Time to Talk Day 2022

One in four people will experience a mental health problem in any one year


A range of resources on The Time to Talk Day 2022 website specifically focusses on looking after your mental health in the workplace.