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Kent Police and Crime Commissioner offers free mental health training to businesses

(L-r) Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott; FSB Area Leader Deborah Turner; Cllr Diane Marsh and Olympian Jack Green took part in the conference at County Hall on World Mental Health day.

(L-r) Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott; FSB Area Leader Deborah Turner; Cllr Diane Marsh and Olympian Jack Green took part in the conference at County Hall on World Mental Health day.

One in four of us will suffer some form of mental illness in our lives, whether that is brought on by family or work-related issues.

At a conference with 100 Kent business owners last week, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott announced he would pay for 30 places on a Mental Health First Aid Training course, specifically for SMEs in Kent.

“About one third of all calls to Kent Police are related to mental illness,” Matthew told conference guests. “These training course places are my ‘give’ to the business community in order to help prevent poor mental health in Kent.”

FSB Kent Area Leader and host of the conference, Deborah Turner, said; “This is a real gift to Kent businesses and will have a long-term result. This training means that 30 individuals will be able to help themselves and their staff if, and when, they face mental illness. Many big corporations already offer this training to their staff – now we can bring it to the small and micro business and help them look after their mental health, too.”

The conference showcased the new toolkit from MIND – mentalhealthatwork.org.uk which gives employers and employees access to support services and organisations near them, in their sector. Delegates also heard from entrepreneur Abigal Rappoport of Emoquo; Kent Councillor Diane Marsh and Olympian Jack Green.

FSB members and Kent business owners can register for one of the places on the two day course which qualifies attendees as a Mental Health First Aider. Simply send an email to Sarah.Lilly@FSB.org.uk  to note your interest.