Monday, 17 February 2014
Almost 100 University of Worcester Psychology students have been trained up as mentors to provide support and guidance to young people, thanks to mental health charity MindFull.
The organisation provides support, information and advice on mental health and emotional wellbeing to 11 to 17 year-olds, and trains people aged 11 and upwards to mentor those who require guidance.
Psychology students received interactive training from the MindFull team, and now, as fully trained online LifeMentors, will be encouraged to use this training to develop their skills and knowledge alongside their studies.
Ben Gibbons, Chair of the University of Worcester’s Student Psychology Society, organised the training session, and says his peers were eager to take the opportunity provided.
“This was the largest cohort of trainees that MindFull have trained to date,” Ben explains.
“I organised the session after hearing about MindFull a few months ago – I thought it was a fantastic service in the mental health field, and the service that they offer to young people in terms of support and by taking steps to reduce the stigma of mental illness is fantastic.
“This was a great opportunity for those pursuing a career in professional psychology or related areas to gain valuable experience, and I am grateful to Mindfull and to members of staff in the Psychology department for their support.”
Dr Helen Scott, Programme Lead in Psychology at the University of Worcester, adds: “We were thrilled to welcome trainers from MindFull to the University, for what was their largest ever training event for life mentors.
“The charity provides an early intervention, supporting young people with potential mental health issues. As such, it is an excellent development opportunity for our Psychology students as well as a very worthwhile use of their time and skills.”
Stephen Hill, Head of Social Action at MindFull says: “It’s fantastic that the students from the University of Worcester are volunteering to provide support and guidance to young people struggling with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.
"We look forward to welcoming the new MindFull mentors from Worcester to our site."
For more information about MindFull, visit www.MindFull.org.