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SOUTH Hams youth charity SPIRITULIZED has been nominated for a national Mental Health First Aid award.

Anji Chant, Project Leader has been working with the team of volunteers to deliver the internationally recognised training that is accredited by Mental Health First Aid England.

Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Patron of MHFA, will present the winners with their certificates at theHouse of Lords on Wednesday, February 25.

It is the fifth year the organisation has celebrated people who contribute to making MHFA a growing force within England.

MHFA was introduced to England in 2006 and has since trained 85,000 people in life-saving skills.

Much like physical first aid, MHFA is designed to equip people with the knowledge and confidence to spot the signs and symptoms of someone in distress and offer help on a first aid basis.

Mental ill health affects 1 in 4 people in the UK and is often not disclosed due to the stigma that continues to be attached to it. MHFA breaks down the barriers that prevent people from seeking help.

Project Leader, Anji Chant, nominated SPIRITULIZED for the Youth MHFA Award.

She said: ’It is essential to us as a charity that our volunteers are equipped with the correct tools to carry out their work effectively and are valued and acknowledged for their efforts to ensure high standards within our organisation. Youth Mental Health First Aid Training has provided all this and more.

’Our YMHF Aiders are now available at every session we run, including schools work, street based work and drop-ins and are able to identify the early signs of a mental health problem

’This early intervention can help protect a young person who may be at risk of harm and promote a quicker recovery. This Award would be a fitting recognition of the dedication of our volunteers.

For further information on MHFA visit: http://www.mhfa";>www.mhfa england.org and for more on SPIRITULIZED, visit: http://www.spiritulized.com";>www.spiritulized.com.

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