Efforts to highlight the importance of mental health training for company employees are being backed by Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps.
Kevin Moore runs a social enterprise called Big Dog Little Dog which aims to make staff aware of possible mental health issues among colleagues.
And to promote the initiative he is offering 12 free places, worth £3,600, on one of his certified courses.
To help, Mr Shapps has arranged for him to meet a group of key borough employers.
He is also working to secure a venue where the two-day course can be held.
Kevin said: “Having seen the effect our training has had on our clients’ staff, and in 26 countries around the world, I’m really happy to bring this fantastic course to employers in my home town.
“As a social enterprise we aim to upskill as many people as possible, so donating this training in my area is a pleasure.”
“Having a local MP in Grant, a man who has campaigned around both mental health and suicide prevention, means I did not hesitate in discussing this arrangement with him.
“His passion for the subject is obvious and he couldn’t have been more helpful in making this event happen. I wholeheartedly encourage local businesses to grab a place while they’re still available.”
Businesses interested in the course should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr Shapps, who has long campaigned on mental health issues and launched a report on Online Suicide Prevention in Parliament last year, said: “Although people are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of mental health as a concept, it sadly remains an issue which is often misunderstood, or even missed altogether.
“The kind of training offered by Big Dog Little Dog is exactly what’s required, as it ensures workers in need of support are both identified and treated at the earliest possibility.
“Given that Kevin is offering this training, which would normally cost £3,600, for free, he must be commended for the extremely selfless work he is doing.”
Notes to Editor:
Mr Shapps began to campaign on mental health issues a number of years ago, after a close family member suffered from severe mental health issues. His Online Suicide Prevention Report, launched in Parliament in 2018, was covered by the Welwyn Hatfield Times: www.whtimes.co.uk/news/grant-shapps-blue-monday-suicide-prevention-report-in-parliament-1-5355146