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Mental health award for Barking and Dagenham’s first aiders – Barking and Dagenham Post

March 4, 2014

A London borough is training first responders to deal with mental health issues:

Health workers in Barking and Dagenham were awarded a national prize to honour their “exemplary” first aid help to people with mental health illnesses.

The Mental Health First (MHFA) Aid award was presented to the council’s project of the same name on February 26 in the House of Lords in Westminster.

Barking and Dagenham was the overall winner in the category for organisations which employ instructors, such as Lewis Sheldrake, the project’s Community Safety Coordinator, who was singled out for praise.

The council’s project is looking to train 1,000 mental health staff members, and has so far trained 350 across the Barking and Dagenham Partnership with another 150 enrolled to attend in March.


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