Gloucestershire to GloW with better mental health
Gloucestershire’s health and wellbeing board has launched its new commitment for better mental health.
Named GloW, for Gloucestershire Wellbeing, the commitment sets out what it takes to promote good mental health and wellbeing and help to prevent mental illness. Organisations that sign up to GloW are asked to take action to promote positive change.
The aim is to create a countywide movement promoting good mental health for all, by focusing on all the contributing factors and taking actions that will make a difference. Many things can have an impact on a person’s mental wellbeing; including housing, employment, food and social life.
Health and wellbeing board members and partners have already pledged their actions in support of the commitment.
The GloW commitment is the local response to Public Health England’s Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health; which has been rolled out across the country.
Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for public health and communities at Gloucestershire County Council, said; “Mental wellbeing is important. This is a call to action for all of us to take a moment to consider what positive impact we can have and recognise the ways we can all contribute to a glowing Gloucestershire”
Cllr Roger Wilson, chair of the health and wellbeing board and cabinet member for adult social care commissioning at Gloucestershire County Council said; “A part of our commitment is to offer free mental health first aid training for all organisations signed up to GloW. Mental health first aiders can give support to those struggling with mental ill health.
“Just like physical first aid, the course teaches you how to help someone in crisis in ways that might end up saving their life.”
For more information and pledges, visit: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/glow