GMLPF launches directory of mental health resources

GMLPF has launched an online directory of mental health resources to support learning providers as part of its Lottery-funded GMLPF Minds project. 

GMLPF developed the comprehensive online resource as a follow-up to the research we undertook and the mental health training we delivered during 2019.

 

Compelling evidence that mental health is a significant issue in learning and skills

The GMLPF Minds project received a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund. The programme started early in 2019 when we conducted comprehensive research into the impact of mental health on the delivery of apprenticeships and other training programmes. The results revealed compelling evidence that mental health is indeed a significant issue in the learning and skills sector. The mental ill-health of learners, and also staff, has a major impact on provider resources as shown by an infographic of headline results.

These research findings prompted us to implement a programme of training to equip our members with an understanding of the key issues and challenges of mental health, as well as formal qualifications in mental health first aid. We also extended the training to Liverpool City Region Apprentice Ambassadors who are now able to champion mental wellbeing in the workplace.  (link)

 
Providers don’t know where to turn for initial advice on mental health

The work undertaken through the GMLPF Minds project highlighted the fact that many learning providers don’t always know where to turn for initial advice when either learners or staff present with mental health challenges in the workplace.  

Given this, GMLPF has collated a body of valuable and relevant information, links and downloads and published it to a dedicated section on our website.  The online resource (link) is a one-stop information point that provides links to useful downloads, free mobile phone apps, and articles and case studies as well as a support services directory.

 
Support services directory

The support services directory includes details of mental health services and charities that specialise in helping apprentices, students, staff working in education and the families of people who are facing challenges. 

Ian Lomas, chief executive of GMLPF, says:

“GMLPF listens closely to its members.  We invested the money received from The National Lottery Community Fund chiefly based on what they told us in our research into mental health in the sector. The strain of dealing with mental health issues is adding to an already pressured environment.  Learner provider staff are starting to struggle, resulting in a markedly negative impact on outcomes for learners.  The work GMLPF has carried out during the last 12 months has been invaluable, and we have had great feedback from everybody who took part.”

 

The online resource covers the following area:

Ian adds: “The online resource is a useful tool for learning providers who need quick access to information and signposting to mental health support services. It is a growing resource, and our members can expect to see new information added regularly.

“GMLPF would like to thank the National Lottery Community Fund for supporting our project and enabling us to help our members, the learning providers of Liverpool City Region, address the challenge of mental health and its impact on the delivery of apprenticeships and other training.”

apprentices on mental health awareness training thanks to gmlpf lottery funded project

GMLPF Minds project gives LCR Apprentice Ambassadors the skills to champion mental health

The mental health of apprentices in the region received a boost through a GMLPF project funded by National Lottery players. 

Eleven employees from across the Liverpool City Region are set to become champions for good mental health at work thanks to their participation in a GMLPF Minds mental health training course.

The group of Apprentice Ambassadors is the first contingent to receive the training spearheaded by GMLPF and funded by The National Lottery Communities fund.  The new course welcomed its first delegates, all of whom are official Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Ambassadors. They are already mentors and role models to other employees and aspiring apprentices. The Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Hub manages the Ambassadors programme which sees role model apprentices and their employers raise awareness of the benefits of apprenticeships. The Hub runs a programme of support and development for Apprentice Ambassadors which includes participation in the GMLPF Minds Mental Health Awareness training.

Spotlight on wellbeing of apprentices and learners in LCR

The mental health awareness training took place in Liverpool city centre this week.  It’s part of the GMLPF Minds project that throws the spotlight on the mental health and wellbeing of apprentices and other learners in the Liverpool City Region.  It has equipped the attendees to return to the workplace as mental health champions. The training agenda answered questions including how to define mental health, the common challenges, triggers and causes and also the dos and don’ts around mental health. 

The course, designed and delivered by 3D Training, is highly interactive. Delivered in one day, the programme includes a variety of group exercises, activities, quizzes and case studies. It is hoped that further courses will run during 2019-20.

With the rate of apprentices and other learners experiencing mental health problems on a steep upward trajectory, GMLPF successfully applied to The National Lottery Communities Fund to conduct training and research. Nearly £10,000 was awarded which is being spent on research among members to uncover what urgent support is needed. This is complemented by training for GMLPF member staff and Apprentice Ambassadors.  The aim is that early intervention can stop apprentices and other learners falling through the net. 

CEO Ian Lomas presents apprentice Holly with completion certificate
GMLPF CEO presents one of the apprentices, Holly with her completion certificate for the GMLPF Minds mental health awareness programme

Ian Lomas, GMLPF Chief Executive says:

“People shouldn’t be denied successful careers because they get anxiety or depression.  Often these individuals are amongst the most diligent of employees.  We are driving for a cultural shift in attitudes towards mental health conditions. Raising awareness among the Apprentice Ambassadors is a small part of helping the tide change. Apprentices are the leaders of tomorrow, so there is no better way to help wipe out any lingering stigma attached to mental health.”

Support for provider staff

Ian adds:

“Whilst the education sector has been putting coordinated strategies into place for some time to help schools tackle mental health of pupils, the training sector tends to see learning providers left to deal with this challenge as individual organisations. Now, thanks to National Lottery players we can start to make inroads into tackle the specific challenges of mental health in the training sector.  As well as the mental health of learners, the GMLPF Minds project also focusses on that of provider staff who are taking the strain of this growing problem. We need to tackle the problem from all angles.”

GMLPF is very grateful to the National Lotteries Community Fund for their support without which we would not be in a position to make a positive change in this challenging area.

Full details of the research outcomes and training dates for apprenticeship providers will be released shortly.