Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie’s drive to train 100 mental health first aiders on the island has 70 people signed up already.
Her Mental Health 100 campaign was only launched last month but is now nearly three quarters of the way towards its target number.
The volunteers will be trained to provide life-saving support for individuals with mental health problems so they can access professional help.
“I have been absolutely thrilled and proud by how many local people have come forward in such a short space of time to say they want to help those with mental health problems in their communities,” said Virginia.
“Covid has been no barrier to the enthusiasm the project has generated and it shows just how much the island cares about this issue.
“I know many people are struggling with lockdown, for example, so the need is really there and I cannot wait to see these volunteers out helping in the months to come.”
Virginia has partnered with the Local Conversations Project at Môn CF to deliver the training. It is anticipated the £55 cost of the course for each person will be met by donations secured by Virginia and Môn CF, but sponsors are still needed if the target of 100 is reached.
To ensure the volunteers are properly trained, Môn CF offers online learning courses accredited by the FAA (First Aid Awards Ltd), which is regulated by Ofqual.
“We are close to the target of 100 volunteers but there is still time and space for anyone who wants to get involved to step forward and make a huge difference to people’s lives,” added Virginia.
If you would like to become one of Anglesey’s Mental Health 100 or if you would like to sponsor someone to take the course, please visit https://virginiacrosbie.co.uk/mentalhealth100/
Image shows Virginia Crosbie MP with James Morgan of the Local Conversations Project outside the Môn CF offices in Holyhead.