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Tibenham designated mindful village after twenty people undergo special mental health training.

Twenty people have undertaken training to make Tibenham the first designated mindful village in south Norfolk.

Already up and running in the district’s market towns, the scheme challenges the associated stigma around mental health, with wellbeing champions encouraged to have open conversations in their community.

Resident Lorna Pyke, who has been helping to promote wellbeing in Tibenham since 2017, said: “The wellbeing champion training was very welcome.

A number of people in Tibenham have received training.
A number of people in Tibenham have received training.

“There was keen interest in learning more about the services available in this area, designed to enable us to direct our contacts towards the best sources of advice, as well as supporting each other as volunteers.

“Our wellbeing champion packs will become a reliable source of ideas and information for everyone who attended.”

Organised by South Norfolk Council, the free sessions provided mental health awareness and education, and gave participants the skills and resources they need to support people suffering with mental health issues.

Earlier this month, district councillors Kim Carsok and James Easter visited the village to congratulate the new wellbeing champions.

Cllr Carsok said: “Many of our rural villages have close-knit, caring communities, where people can spot if something is not quite right.

“Providing people with the knowledge and skills on how to help those suffering from poor mental health and familiarising them with resources means the right support is on hand.”

The council’s help hub is supporting all wellbeing champions and has a mental health support worker to talk through any’ concerns and provide advice.

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