Mental Health First Aid and Suicide First Aid training organisation. We are passionate educators who believe that learning should be inspiring, engaging, and memorable. MHFA and SFA courses give individuals the skills and confidence to recognise the signs of poor mental health and approach those struggling with compassion and understanding.
After experiencing the loss of her brother to suicide in 2003, Holly Clark founded Blooming Mind with the aim to educate as many members of our workforce, communities and schools as possible in the skills to help reduce the rates of suicide.
How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?
We raise awareness about suicide, its risk factors, and the warning signs. By providing education and resources, we increase public awareness and understanding of suicide, reducing stigma, and making it easier for people to seek help.
We provide training to individuals, schools and organisations on how to recognise and respond to the warning signs of suicide. This can include training on how to initiate a conversation about mental health, how to support someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts, and how to access professional help.
We advocate for more robust policies and legislation that support mental health and suicide prevention. We work to raise awareness and educate policymakers on the importance of investing in mental health services, suicide prevention programs, and mental health parity laws.
What are your current priorities?
Currently Holly Clark is one of a handful of trainers, able to deliver the new Suicide First Aid for Children and Young People in Schools. Currently we are trying to get as much feedback on this new product to feed into developing it further.
What challenges are you currently facing?
With the cost of living crisis many organisations are cutting their training budget. We try to fund as much of our training as possible, investing profits into donating free places to other organisations.