Become mental health aware

Places are now available on a brand-new free mental health awareness training course, ‘Let’s Face it’ launched by Bracknell Forest Council’s Public Health team.

People working in a customer facing role within the borough are encouraged to take part, to increase their understanding of mental health and gain the skills and confidence to support themselves and others who may be suffering.

The training course will run for 3 and a half hours, and sessions are available on a bi-monthly basis from September 2022 to January 2023 for various business sectors. Each course consists of one training session and could be delivered virtually or in person.

The training aims to:

  • help participants spot the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues at the early stages
  • give participants the skills and confidence to have conversations around mental health issues
  • provide information around local services for signposting and support
  • support participants to have a greater understanding of their own mental health 
  • help tackle wider stigmatisation associated with mental health

Cllr Dale Birch, Chair of the Bracknell Forest Health and Wellbeing Board and Executive Member for Health, said:

“For those working in a frontline, customer facing role, this is a great opportunity to learn more about mental health and how to spot the early signs of a mental health issue.

“Being able to react and support a person in need is a great skill to possess and being able to direct them to the right help could change their life.

“This training is being delivered in groups depending on what sector you work in, please sign up in advance to avoid disappointment.”

Alison Salvadori, Head of Service for NHS Talking Therapies Berkshire, said:

“Many of us still aren’t sure about how to spot the signs of mental ill-health, or how to start a conversation with someone who may be struggling or know where to go when they need help.

“Our fully trained practitioners are delivering this training with our partners to help raise awareness and encourage more people across Bracknell, and East Berkshire, to get early help for their mental health when they need it.”

This tailor-made course has been designed by Oxford Academic Health Science Network and is delivered by expert mental health practitioners from NHS Talking Therapies Berkshire, the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service provided by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information and to sign up, visit our Public Health Portal.