By Jennifer Springham, @jlspringham2
Joint Appointment: Lecturer in Mental Health and Practice Development Lead,
My Care Academy.
Key speakers of the day
Fionuala Bonner and Francis Beckett talked to us about the concept and importance of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), and it was really encouraging to see that there has been a massive growth in the number of people trained in mental health first aid, which has now reached over 900 employers in the UK. The University of Northampton has now embedded MHFA into their nursing curriculum, allowing students to develop the skills in responding to people experiencing mental distress.
To close the day we had a talk by Sarah Cook, regional officer and lead health coordinator for Unite the Union, who spoke about the importance of unions and having a collective voice to speak out about the issues that matter to us.
Overall it was an inspiring and informative day, with an excellent selection of topics very much in keeping with a holistic assessment of needs. I left there feeling very proud to be a mental health nurse and teacher of future nurses.
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