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Rural Connections

This can improve mental health and wellbeing throughout rural Scotland by providing fully funded introductory mental health awareness training to rural organisations and businesses with less than 50 members of staff.

The project aims to support businesses to implement and strengthen workplace wellbeing policies and activities.

We’re working in partnership with Mental Health UK and Neptune Energy to deliver the Rural Connections project and is funded until March 2024.

“I think the most beneficial part of the course was learning how to approach conversations, what to say, not to say, this boosted my confidence with how to deal with possible situations.”
– a Rural Connections training participant.

Who is eligible?

The rural connection could be your location or where your client groups and/or staff or volunteers live or work. Although the official definition of ‘rural’ is a settlement of less than 3000 people, we are keen to take a flexible and inclusive approach to delivering the training to ensure maximum reach into rural communities.

A flourishing community

Training your business and community members in mental health can help break down stigma and discrimination, build awareness, develop skills, and enhance confidence. With one in six workers experiencing mental health at any one time, the need for mental health awareness is huge.

Understanding the course

Rural Connections takes place with two 2-hour sessions online through video conferencing. You can join an ‘Open Course’ which compromise of participants from a range of organisations and are a good way to access training if you only have a few members of staff. The awareness sessions cover:

  • What is mental health and mental illness
  • An introduction to some common mental health conditions
  • The benefits of managing stress
  • A four-step process to building safe and supportive conversations
  • How to look after you own mental health and wellbeing.

If you want to enquire about a future booking, contact our Training team to find out more.

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