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Staff from pubs in Burston, Diss, Gissing and Harleston came together at the Corn Hall in Diss to discover how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health.

The two-day course, run regularly by Rosedale Training, teaches a set of skills enabling people to support someone who may be experiencing mental health issues.

Places on last week’s course were funded by Beer Bikes and Bands, an annual charity event hosted by The Burston Crown, which also raises funds for young people’s mental health support groups run in south Norfolk.

The representatives that joined the mental health first aid course. Picture by Wendy Aiken. (55210302)
The representatives that joined the mental health first aid course. Picture by Wendy Aiken. (55210302)

Attendees included people from the Gissing Crown, Cock Inn and Ampersand Brewery in Diss, as well as the Swan Hotel in Harleston.

Anne Beckett-Allen, director of Rosedale Training and a mental health first aid instructor, said: “The idea came from an initial chat with The Burston Crown, which has led to the aim of having mental health first aiders in all the pubs in Diss and the surrounding villages.

“Pubs can play a vital role in spotting someone who might visit them that may require some form of additional support but may never have considered it.

Bev Kembery, left, and Anne Beckett-Allen. Pictures by Wendy Aiken
Bev Kembery, left, and Anne Beckett-Allen. Pictures by Wendy Aiken

“Our course helps to start that conversation, where appropriate, and potentially save lives.”

Bev Kembery, of The Burston Crown, said she felt the course was one of the most important she would ever do and added that she was very grateful for the opportunity to learn more about mental health issues.

She said: “Being able to spot the signs of mental ill health is so vital and it gives us at The Burston Crown many additional skills to enable us to support our valued customers if they need it.”

The Burston Crown will be hosting this year’s Beer Bikes and Bands event on Sunday, May 1, raising funds to support young people’s mental health.

Organisers are looking for more auction prizes and raffle items for the event.

For more information on the event or find out how you can help it, go to the Beer Bike and Bands event page on Facebook.

To find out more about becoming a mental health first aider, go to www.rosedaletraining.co.uk.



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