Poplar HARCA residents given mental health training

A housing association has helped its residents to obtain a qualification in mental health ahead of a day designed to awareness of the issue.

Poplar HARCA, in partnership with Westminster Kingsway College, provided 18 residents and staff a free two day accredited course, based around World Mental Health Day, a yearly event celebrated on October 10 around the world.

The students received a NCFE/Ascentis Level 2 certificate in Mental Health Awareness for the course which also demonstrated the common symptoms in sufferers and how to be aware of the resources available to people.

Adina Bozga, course teacher, said: “The course is important because of the misunderstandings surrounding mental health issues, especially for those in ethnic minority groups where it could be, at times, a taboo subject.”

Babu Bhattacherjee, Poplar HARCA’s director of communities and neighbourhoods, said: “We’re committed to improving the lives of our staff and residents and these courses are a great way of achieving this.”

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