A MENTAL health training programme has been hailed a success following its first session in Newton Aycliffe.

The Mental Health First Aider youth course was delivered at The Work Place, on Aycliffe Business Park, at the end of last month.

Designed to equip participants to support young people, the session was oversubscribed by interested school staff and individuals who work with or support young people.

The next course running in September is also already fully booked but more dates are now being planned.

Helen Dent, the course trainer on behalf of Mental Health First Aid England, said: “We must acknowledge that more than three young people in every classroom will have a diagnosed mental health disorder.

“We must become pro-active and begin to address issues at early stages to prevent this figure from rising.”

The internationally recognised training course teaches people to spot signs and symptoms of mental ill health and how to provide help on a first aid basis.

The Work Place hopes to deliver the course to people who teach, work or live with young people aged eight to 18.

Ms Dent said: “Feedback from this course has been fabulous. It’s great to know we are raising awareness on how to support young people.”

For details visit twpa.or.uk