Mental Health Awareness

Supporting Mental Health in Hinckley District

In an age when it is estimated that one in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time, and record numbers of people are struggling due to social media, bullying, and academic or work pressures – we believe that Scouts has a place in giving young people and adults skills for life; practice the five ways to well-being and help young people and adults to access further support.

In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic we know that many people will be suffering after a pre-longed period of social isolation and we know Scouts will have a huge role to play in the recovery of young people and our local community with Mental Health and physical wellbeing being two of the biggest issues society will face in the next few years. To combat this we are embarking on a project to equip more of our volunteers with the skills to identify issues with mental health and help young people to overcome these issues. We also plan on organising a year of wellbeing activities and challenges to encourage young people and volunteers to Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Learn and Give – things which we already do as part of a balanced Scout programme but will highlight their importance.


Mental Health Training

One of the aspirations of the Mental Health and Wellbeing plan is to be able to offer volunteers some supplementary accredited training in Mental Health Awareness / First Aid. Volunteers will be taught how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. In the same way as learning physical first aid, MHFA teaches people how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health and feel confident to guide someone to appropriate support.

To do this we have funded the training of two Mental Health First Aid Instructors to provide this in house at no cost to leaders or groups. We will be able to offer three levels of course to suit those in different roles / different time commitments.

  • Mental Health Aware – 4 hours
  • Mental Health First Aid – 1 day
  • Supervising First Aid for Mental Health – 2 day

Additional help for adult volunteers

Samaritans: Samaritans offer a free service any time 24/7. If you need someone to talk to, they listen. They won’t judge or tell you what to do. 
Phone: 116 123 
Website: samaritans.org 

NHS 111:  For urgent medical advice out of hours you can contact NHS 111. They can help if you have an urgent problem and don’t know what to do. 
Phone: 111 
Website: 111.nhs.uk

MIND: Mind Infoline is open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. We’re closed outside of those hours 
Call: 0300 123 3393 
Website: mind.org.uk

Additional help for young people

NSPCC’s Childline: 1-to-1 chat support and 24-hour helpline for young people. 
Phone: 0800 1111 
Website: childline.org.uk

HOPELineUK: A specialist telephone service that gives non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to young people. 
Phone: 0800 068 4141 
Website: papyrus-uk.org

On My Mind: Information for young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing. 
Website: annafreud.org/on-my-mind

YoungMinds: Crisis Messenger textline for free 24/7 support in the UK if a child or young person is experiencing a mental health crisis. 
Text: YM to 85258 
Website: youngminds.org.uk

NHS Go: NHS confidential health advice and support for young people under 25. Download the app to your phone.
Website: nhsgo.uk

Training Diary