The Malta Trust Foundation, on the 9th of October, launched their latest project “The Mental Health First Aid Training.” During a press conference on the eve of World Mental Health Day the Foundation announced a collaborative project between the Richmond Foundation and post-secondary, vocational and tertiary educational institutions.
This project aims to create courses at the University of Malta, Junior College, MCAST, ITS and Higher Secondary to teach students the techniques needed to help people suffering from mental health problems. This training will be delivered by the Richmond Foundation.
“This work is not work just for others, but for ourselves. We must educate ourselves as to be more informed next time we fall into a situation where someone is suffering from mental health issues, so that we will be well equipped to aid them.” Said Her Excellency Marie Louise Coleiro Preca.
The President of the National Youth Council spoke about the research that was carried out in the previous year in relation to mental health. “We want to really see how we can tackle this subject, so as to help and understand as many teenagers as possible.” Said Chiara Vassallo the President of the National Youth Council.
The Foundation decided to expand this training after the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions revealed that more than one in five young people in Malta, aged 18-24 years, are at risk of depression.
This whole project will also help improve the discussion of topics related to mental health which tend to remain a rather taboo subject. “A stigmatized subject” said Her Excellency Marie Louise Coleiro Preca and she described how people deal with mental health.
At the end of the speeches representatives from KSJC, KSU, KSM, ITSC, SRC and the Richmond Foundation signed an agreement between the foundation and them to mark the beginning of this project.