Samaritans welcomes plans to train one million people in mental health first aid

Samaritans CEO Ruth Sutherland said: “We are delighted to be working with Public Health England, the Department of Health and other charities on this three-year campaign to train one million people in mental health first aid.

“Samaritans has long been emphasising that suicide is a public health issue. The principles behind this campaign are central to Samaritans belief that suicide is everybody’s business and we can all work together to prioritise mental health and suicide prevention, and in doing so, we can change lives.

“Encouraging people to build their understanding about good mental health and emotional resilience can enable them to help themselves and the people around them.

“It is estimated that one in four people in the UK have mental health issues, and there will be huge benefits if we can look after our mental health in the same way as our physical health.  We look forward to everyone getting behind this campaign and improving the well-being of the nation.”

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