Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 10 May until the 16 May 2021. In support of this important area of wellbeing and health, the Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow recently provided Mental Health First Aid training to 21 Brethren from Lodges across the Province.
This training was delivered online due to Coronavirus restrictions and was provided by Martin Oliver of Presence of the Mind.
This company provide a range of mental wellbeing and mindfulness training courses to support organisations from the private and public sector, along with community groups and individuals, to make a difference to their lives.
The training was funded by Provincial Grand Lodge to provide resources across our Lodges who have the necessary skills to provide initial help to people experiencing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and psychosis.
The training was very well received and some of the participants commented as follows:
“The main thing I have taken from the course is the confidence to approach the subject and hopefully make a difference to anyone who may be requiring mental health first aid.”
“Fantastic and informative sessions. Delivered in a most informal and competent manner.”
“My knowledge was extremely limited, so this was a very good education into mental health.”
“It’s certainly improved my understanding of mental health issues and highlighted practical techniques to address life situations.”
“The aim of the course is to recognise mental health issues in another person and provide a supportive arm to that person which may ultimately preserve that person’s life. As first aiders we are not trained to treat medical conditions but preserve life until appropriate medical staff can intervene. It has certainly provided me with insight into early signs of poor mental health and identify when I should perhaps speak to the person.”
The overall feedback for the training was very positive and the Brethren who attended all spoke very favourably on the delivery and quality of the training. The Province was also able to invite a Brother Andrew Paterson from the Grand Lodge of Scotland to participate and evaluate the training.
The Provincial Grand Master, Brother Andrew Mushet, said “I congratulate all who participated and completed the first MHFA course in the Province of Glasgow. As Freemasons we are encouraged to look after those less fortunate in our communities and often the wellbeing of the mind is overlooked and goes unnoticed. I trust that this new initiative within our Province will go in some way to rectify that. May I commend the following words to you:
‘It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light ‘
Aristotle Onassis. “
Information on how to access assistance and support will be circulated in due course but in the meantime, please remember:
"It is okay to not be okay"
Breathing Space: 0800 838587
Samaritans: 116 123
Presence of the Mind: https://www.presenceofthemind.com/