COPELAND Council staff are trained to offer Mental Health First Aid to people in crisis.

Staff from a range of teams across the council are equipped to deal with people suffering from mental illness, including those at crisis point, seeking council services.

Colleagues undertook a two-day intensive course provided by Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) which included: raising awareness and recognising the signs of mental illness, developing a better understanding, reducing the stigma and dealing with those who have depression and anxiety.