HICOM became directly involved in the Village Mental Health forum in late 2015 and was used as the organising vehicle for the Village Mental Wellbeing Week held in April 2016.
During the week a survey, completed by 162 people, identified the need to increase activity and for a focal point. The forum decided to progress a new proactive community engagement role of ‘village mental wellbeing champion’. The main objectives are:
- Increase mental health awareness and break down barriers
- Signpost and advocate specialist support available
- Improve mental health prevention and early intervention
HICOM through it’s experience with the Older Peoples Co-ordinator initiative and involvement with the April Week was identified as complementary fit through which to progress the Village Mental Wellbeing Champion role initiative.