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08 October 2010

Wales YFC staff attend mental health training

Wales YFC County Organisers and staff recently attended a two day youth mental health first aid course delivered by Mind Cymru the Wales YFC charity of the year in partnership with Rural Support Wales.
 
The course aimed to raise awareness of mental health problems in young people and how to recognise the signs of mental health problems and how to deal with them effectively. Problems covered included depression, anxiety, self harm, substance misuse and eating disorders.
 
Enfys Evans, Wales YFC chairman also took part in the training said: "The training, although tough at times, raised awareness of mental health problems in young people amongst the YFC staff and taught them how to deal with the young people on an immediate basis before referring them to more professional help. I would like to thank Mind Cymru for delivering this course to us as part of the partnership that will develop throughout the year.
 
“It is important that we speak out about these issues and let young people know that there is help available for them. By choosing Mind Cymru as the Wales YFC charity of the year I wanted the organisation to encourage young people to speak out about their worries and highlight the services that are available to them in order to avoid the problems escalating. Anyone worried about friends or wanting to seek advice should refer to the Rural Support Wales website www.ruralsupportwales.org.uk or contact the Mind Infoline on 08457 660 163.”  explained Enfys.
 
Gareth Jones, Mind Cymru Social Justice and Rural Affairs Officer stated: "“We were delighted that we were able to provide this training to YFC staff. YFC clubs provide numerous opportunities to young people living in rural Wales to be both physically and mentally active whilst building and engaging in social networks. We believe that this type of activity is a very important aspect of protecting and maintaining good mental health and wellbeing in people. It also provides a way in which people are able to help and look after each other by talking and identifying potential problems as early as possible so that suitable help can be found if necessary." 
 

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