In a partnership between the Watford MP, the Watford & West Herts Chamber of Commerce, Wellspring Church and local mental health champion Cllr Rabi Martins (part of One Vision Well Being Initiative), we are on a mission to train 1000 people in Mental Health First Aid.
This Watford project will provide mental health first aid training to local businesses, schools and community groups.
Participants should expect to begin their two-day training course in the New Year. There will be 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 partake.
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.