Resources for The Marches

Information and support for residents worried about emotional and mental health

The Shropshire Council webpage has a dedicated mental health and wellbeing page which has a range of resources and links.

Find out more about the Shropshire Council Mental Health resources

Booklet: Looking after your mental health during COVID-19

The booklet provides a range of guidance and information on local support to help keep mentally well during the pandemic. There is information aimed at carers, younger people, those concerned about finances and much more.  We hope for this resource to be updated soon, with a focus on looking after your mental health during the pandemic recovery. We welcome any feedback on specific themes of content that would be most helpful.

Read the looking after your mental health during COVID-19 booklet

TogetherAll: An online wellbeing community free to access for Shropshire residents

TogetherAll is an online community for any Shropshire resident aged 16 and above for people who are stressed, anxious or feeling low. The service has an active forum with round-the-clock support from trained professionals. You can talk anonymously and confidentially to other members.

Free Bereavement Support for Shropshire Residents – Call 0345 678 9028

A new service has been launched as part of the COVID-19 response to support those experiencing and suffering from bereavement and loss during the coronavirus pandemic. The offer is open to any Shropshire resident who has been bereaved by either a recent death or previous loss and will be at no cost to the individual.  The Bereavement Support Service is operated by Shropshire Council and community voluntary partners Samaritans, CRUSE, and Severn Hospice and CRANE counselling.  The offer can be accessed through self-referral by calling 0345 678 9028.

The Bereavement Support Service is supported by the launch of a grief and bereavement during COVID-19 booklet which provides a compassionate overview of coping with loss, feelings that may be experienced, supporting others who are grieving and links to help and information.  A secondary booklet provides a practical guide for the process following a death and what has changed due to the pandemic.

Digital versions of these resources are available from the Shropshire Council website bereavement page.

Suicide Prevention helpful resources

Pick up the phone you are not alone ZCard:

 View the You Are Not Alone ZCard

The ZCard has been designed by the Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Suicide Prevention Network for anyone concerned about suicidal thoughts in themselves or someone else. It includes brief advice and key contacts for local support.

Free online 30min Zero suicide alliance training for everyone - a wonderful, quick to complete package that provides an overview of how to identify suicide risk, how to approach the concern and how to signpost. The training has recently been updated to include the impact of COVID-19 and helpful points to consider.

Shout! Text line support posters

These posters are free to download and can be displayed in public/communal areas:

Personal Safety Trainers

Personal Safety Trainers provide Ofqual registered First Aid For Mental Health accredited qualifications. Mental Health is vital and can affect the way we think, feel or behave. Embedding First Aid For Mental Health training into your workplace helps people to talk more freely about Mental Health, reduces stigma, encourages early intervention and enables recovery. It also supports a positive mental health culture.  The courses offered are outlined below.

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Provides learners with the knowledge to recognise signs and symptoms of a suspected mental health condition, the skills to start a conversation and signpost a person towards professional help.

  • Group Price: £450
  • Maximum delegate number: 12

Should you require an individual or small group to be trained, we also offer open courses. Please contact us through the 'Book Your Place' section below to discuss dates and availability.

Provides learners with comprehensive knowledge on a range of the most common mental health conditions and the skills to be able to act should a condition be suspected. Learners undertaking this course will be considered First Aiders for Mental Health and be a point of contact within the workplace, to help and support those with a suspected mental health condition.

  • Group Price: £750
  • Maximum delegate number: 12

Should you require an individual or small group to be trained, we also offer open courses. Please contact us through the 'Book Your Place' section below to discuss dates and availability.

Covers a wider range of mental health conditions, signs, symptoms, therapy and professional support that a person may be given during treatment. The course is suitable for all persons within a workplace but is aimed at those who hold a supervisory/managerial position and or have responsibility for implementing First Aid for Mental Health within an organisation.

  • Group Price: £1,500
  • Maximum delegate number: 12

Should you require an individual or small group to be trained, we also offer open courses. Please contact us through the 'Book Your Place' section below to discuss dates and availability.

All training can be delivered in-house face to face (adhering to COVID-19 guidelines) or virtually and includes resources, certificates, tutor and admin fees but excludes travel costs (no travel costs will be charged for the D2N2 area as we are based in Derby).  Should you only require an individual or a small group to be trained, we also offer open courses, please contact us to discuss dates and availability. 

For further information or to book your place, please contact Keely Flavil who will be pleased to assist. 

Mobile: 07813 329398


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Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

Vocational rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary intervention offered to those with physical, psychological and/or social difficulties enabling a return to work or preventing loss of work.

Vocational Rehabilitation Association UK (VRA) is leading the professional delivery of effective vocational rehabilitation, offering independent support and advice. VRA has several tools and resources that will assist employers and employees within the workplace including support when returning to work after a period of absence, mental health support and occupational health. Examples of techniques used in VR include:

Find out how VRA could support your organisation

Health 2 Employment 

H2E help roll out the Access to Work scheme across central England on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. We are a specialist healthcare company, providing a variety of products and services including welfare to work, pre-employment support for those who have disabilities and our bespoke corporate One Occupational Health service.