Mental Health

Following on from our staff training we were given many useful links which we are pleased to share with you all.

The Hub of Hope is a first of its kind, national mental health database which brings together organisations and charities, large and small, from across the country who offer mental health advice and support, together in one place.

The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) is a brief behavioural screening questionnaire.

Action for Happiness is a charity based in the United Kingdom. It aims to increase the happiness in the world by bringing together like-minded people from all walks of life and supporting them to take practical action to build a happier and more caring society, drawing on the latest scientific research.

Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, often through their telephone helpline.

MHFA England is the only provider of licensed Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training in England.
Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity.

Below are 3 fantastic youtube videos relating to mental health:

The Standup Kid

I had a black dog

Brene Brown on Empathy

Coping with mental healthImage result for mental health awareness

We now have several dedicated Mental Health First Aiders. A number of our staff attended a 2 day training course in order to assist apprentices with any issues and to provide guidance when needed. If you feel you need someone to talk to you can contact our staff using the following:

Sue Andrews 07957 462890. Alternatively you can send her an email here

Vicky Day can be emailed here 

June Gray 07944 038612. Alternatively you can send her an email here

Satwant Jandu 07984 463138. Alternatively you can send him an email here 

Caroline Kennedy 07949 035335. Alternatively you can send her an email here

Kate Moe-Geke 07940 763345. Alternatively you can send her an email here

Suicide prevention

In the UK, 1 in 5 think about suicide in their lifetime.

1 in 4 experience mental ill-health in their lifetime.

Which means there is nothing unusual about having difficulties with mental health.

1 in 15 attempt suicide in their lifetime.

If you need help for yourself or for someone you know click here 

Bullying at work

This can happen in many different ways. If you feel as though you are experiencing bullying in the workplace, this can be a very devastating and distressing issue and bullying can affect your emotional health. You may be feeling very low and anxious at the thought of going to work and facing the individual or group that may be subjecting you to this and the bullying may also be affecting family life. The attached links include lots of useful advice.

Are you aware of the effects cannabis can have on your mental health?

Cannabis is an illegal drug which can affect your mental health. This link talks about the effects that cannabis can have on your mental health and how to get help and support. You may also find it useful if you care for someone who uses cannabis.

Someone you know may have a mental health problem right now – a family member, your friend, your workmate. He or she just might not know how to tell you. 

Being open to mental health can break down any stigma surrounding it. You don’t have to be an expert to talk and to listen, and often it’s the little things that make a big difference. The following link contains useful information and contacts to assist you in these matters.

A-Z of mental health

These practical tips cover the basics of healthy eating and can help you make healthier choices

Tips for healthy eating

Healthy eating and staying active, combined with a positive outlook can lead to:

  • Reduced risk of heart disease and some forms of cancer.
  • Elevated mood, energy and self-esteem.
  • Reduced anxiety and stress.
  • Opportunities to spend enjoyable time with family and friends.

To find out how to optimise your mental wellbeing through nutrition click on this link

Sunscreen and sun safety

Advice for adults and children on sunscreen and sun safety in the UK and abroad.

Quit smoking

If you want to stop smoking, you can make small changes to your lifestyle that may help you resist the temptation to light up.

self-help tips to stop smoking

Drug addiction: getting help

If you need treatment for drug addiction, you’re entitled to NHS care in the same way as anyone else who has a health problem.

With the right help and support, it’s possible for you to get drug free and stay that way.

Where to get help


Rehab 4 Addiction was founded to assist those affected by substance misuse and their loved ones. They offer a range of services, and help signpost you to the most effective treatments. This includes alcohol rehab, drug rehab, detox services, intervention, aftercare and outpatient counselling. Their helpline advisors are committed to helping you in your quest to locate effective treatments for addiction. For more information please click here

Drug Addiction Help - Alcohol Rehab London & Drug Addiction Treatment London UK

Coping with anxiety

Easing of lockdown will allow us to get back to the people and things we love, but it’s OK if you feel worried about going back to something more “normal” as lockdown restrictions loosen. The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been hard for us all and we have all experienced the effects differently, including those of us who have been shielding. Even positive change can lead to anxiety, and it can take time to readjust to things we have not done for a while. Feelings of post-lockdown anxiety are likely to pass with time as we get used to the “new normal” but it’s important to do what we can to take care of our mental health. There are lots of things that can help you to manage these feelings and make it easier to adjust.

Click here for 11 top tips for taking care of your mental health as things change.

Sexual harassment and violence

We at the Training Trust have an obligation to keep you safe and free from harm, which also covers sexual harassment and sexual violence allegations.

The following links contain resources to support the recognition and understanding of subjects categorised as sexual harassment and sexual violence.

The relationships, sex and health education curriculum is now part of all Further Education responsibilities and the Training Trust embraces this. It includes the teaching and protection against sexual abuse, cyber-bullying and pornography as well as healthy relationships and consent.

These subjects are reportable under the Training Trust’s safeguarding lines of communication (see below):

Designated Safeguarding lead (DSL) – Mark Durham – 07984 463 148

Deputy DSL – June Gray – 07944 038 612

Deputy DSL – Alison Berkoff – 07946 534 010

Confidential Safeguarding mobile to DSL – 07931 707 394

Confidential email address –

What is consent?

The following links contain information relevant to the subject, they are not necessarily produced in the UK, but the message is clear, understandable and relates to human behaviour:

Sexual Consent

Cyber bullying 


IndustriALL sexual harassment policy | IndustriALL

Safety for women

Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end abuse against women and children.

We want you to be empowered to talk about what relationship abuse is and what is healthy and unhealthy in your relationships.