Mental Health is something which Nottingham Forest and Nottingham Forest Community Trust have and will continue to put a lot of effort in to support our fans and local community.

The World Health Organisation defines mental health as “…a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” Mental health is a continuum which ranges from having good mental health to poor mental health and is often confused with mental illness.

In order to provide the highest level of mental health support to our community, our fans and our colleagues, all of our staff members took part in a Mental Health Awareness Training Course. Education around mental health is important to empower people to care for themselves and others. It also helps to reduce stigma through understanding and to break down barriers to the support that people may need to stay well, recover, or manage their symptoms. The aim of the course was to help our staff to increase their knowledge of:

  • Mental health and mental health issues;
  • Factors affecting mental health;
  • Stigma and its impact on recovery;
  • How to begin a conversation with someone about their mental health;
  • How to look after their own mental health.

The course provided a plethora of useful information for our staff and allowed them to use their own knowledge of mental health combined with that of which they learnt in the course to complete a range of activities. These activities gave our colleagues a number of different case studies which gave them an opportunity to spot the signs of mental ill health, to discuss the barriers which may be stopping people from getting help and to put into practice, the Take 10 toolkit for mental health conversations.

All of the staff at Nottingham Forest Community Trust would like to thank Claire Henson for leading this extremely useful, informative course.