A barmaid in Pinner could be one of the youngest mental health first aiders in the country after she completed a course recently.
Grace Ellul, 20, works at The Queen’s Head on the High Street and when she was offered the opportunity go on the training offered by St John’s Ambulance, she was keen to take part.
She said: “Mental health is a big issue. I liked the sound of the course and I was up for it. Mental health is important to me for personal reason and also because people need to be much more aware of it. They need to know there is someone they can come to with an issue who will assess the situation
“In a crisis, we can send someone straight to 999 or guide them in the direction of where they are going. We will be the first point of call for people.”
Queen’s Head landlord Sean White said he was keen to introduce some mental health support for his staff and customers.
He said: “In my experience 50 per cent of staff have issues and they don’t take long to develop so we introduced Employee Action Program so our staff can get access to trained councillor so we now have a staff wellness programme. I think we are the smallest business with a mental health at work commitment.”
Sean emphasised that mental health support was also available to customers.
He said: “Mental health issues are right this minute and it’s about engaging with people. Sometimes the level of loneliness is horrific. We are trying to encourage people to come out and we are very aware and see the signs.”
Picture courtesy of Peter Dale