Join us for our new FREE online community resilience workshops, starting tonight at 6pm!
Tuesday 8th September, 2020
I hope you’re all well and had a great weekend.
This is just a wee blog post, to let you know about a fantastic set of 6 FREE workshops that my colleague Hugh will be delivering, starting TONIGHT at 6pm!
I don’t know about you, but one of the things that gave me some hope and positivity during the worst of lockdown, was how much great kindness and support our community has shown for each other through the Covid-19 pandemic. Whether it was doing some shopping for neighbours, making time to visit someone isolating to have a socially distanced chat, or checking in with an extra phone call, I think that this community spirit has really helped to bring us all together, by looking out for one another.
Hugh’s workshops will help celebrate what people have achieved, and aim to develop skills which will empower both individuals and our community as a whole, to continue being there for each other, not just through Covid-19, but any other difficult times we face in the future.
These workshops starting today (8th September), will run every Tuesday evening from 6 pm-7.30 pm, until the 13th October. During these workshops, we will explore:
Listening Skills (Tuesday 8th September)
Rapport Building (Tuesday 15th September)
The variety of mental health problems (Tuesday 22nd September)
Recognising people who may be experiencing difficulties (Tuesday 29th September)
Starting (difficult) conversations (Tuesday 6th October)
Drugs, Alcohol and Mental Health (Tuesday 13th October).
There will be a theme of ‘Mental Health First Aid’ running through the workshops. You do not need to attend every workshop, you can just register for and attend the ones that interest you.
I caught up with Hugh (who featured in our most recent ‘meet the team’ blog post), today, to find out more about the workshops, and he shared his goals for developing community resilience through this online course:
“I believe that the delivery of these workshops, that will look beyond just supporting each others’ mental health to providing skills and knowledge that can help us help each other in a wide range of situations, will be highly beneficial to increasing community resilience as well as addressing some of the difficulties with accessing mental health and wellbeing support in rural areas across Highland”
A key focus of the 2014-2024 Shetland Mental Health Strategy is to develop community resilience and raise awareness of how the community could help to support each other, through the provision of widespread training in mental health first aid and suicide prevention. At the time it was written, Shetland had the highest suicide rate in Scotland, but in 2017 it was announced that there had been no suicides in Shetland for 18 months (https://www.shetnews.co.uk/2017/03/22/no-suicides-in-18-months-as-prevention-training-pays-off/). We hope to deliver a similar strategy via our workshops.
To sign up please register for the zoom meeting here.
If you can’t make it, please do share this with anyone you think might be interested!
We look forward to hopefully seeing you there later.
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