The Princess Royal Trust for Carers (PRTC) runs a service to support young carers, offering group activities and one-to-one work. This involves helping young carers protect their mental health and wellbeing. Karen Martin, the Trust’s Young Carer Mental Health Development Coordinator, ensures training and resources are available.
Karen approached Ayrshire and Arran NHS Health Promotion Department as they had developed a Managing Your Wellbeing pack for NHS staff. This was offered to PRTC staff to better understand and manage their own mental health and wellbeing and so be better equipped to support young carers. A Managing Your Wellbeing training pilot took place with one main aim:
The training session was evaluated by questionnaire, followed up with face-to-face interviews six weeks later.Karen Martin says, ‘We chose a one-day course because our staff have good knowledge of mental health. It was vital to give staff a day out of the working environment, a day when they could reflect personally, without thinking about writing reports, running groups, answering emails and so on.’
This approach was successful in demonstrating that developing an appreciation of the determinants of mental health can make workers:
By focusing on the staff wellbeing, knock-on effects were found which contributed to the wellbeing of colleagues and clients. This approach is cost effective in that it cascades the benefits down through staff and has multiple benefits.
Karen Martin, Young Carer Mental Health Development Coordinator, Princess Royal Trust for Carers firstname.lastname@example.org 0141 285 7925
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