Plymouth & District Mind Association (PADMA) United Kingdom

Formed in 1984 and delivers mental health training to the people of Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall. In 2004 Plymouth Mind led a local consortium of 5 organisations, including the local office of a national organisation, Working Links, in an EQUAL project looking at barriers to employment for refugees and migrant workers. This was, in turn, part of a transnational partnership that ceased in 2007. In 2010 we coordinated a ToI programme to transfer a level 3 community mental health training programme to Slovenia, Poland, Greece and Lithuania where it was nationally accredited in each country. We are well versed in developing training programmes with 2 members of staff having Cert Ed qualifications and Graham Nicholls also an NVQ (National Vocational Qualifications) assessor and approved internal verifyer with City and Guilds and the Open College Network. Graham also holds a media production qualification; he has also delivered positive thinking workshops to a wide audience, and is known to be a motivational speaker, with several endorsements, to this, on “LinkedIn”. In 2004, Graham was instrumental in developing the PADMA level 1 nationally accredited training for young people: “Self Exploration For Young People”, developed to help young people explore their emotions and own mental well being. This was developed in consultation with student school councils locally. PADMA has delivered this to 2000+ young people in Plymouth, until funding ceased in 2007. This project was well received by teachers and parents in addition to students who made comments, such as “this is the first time we have been able to sit down and express our own thoughts and feelings”.
PADMA chairs the Plymouth Mental Health Providers Network and leads on local strategic action plans in mental health. Plymouth Mind employs 13 staff, many of whom empower support groups and now deliver self harm awareness to young people in Schools (14+ yrs of age).
In January 2013 PADMA opened its “Plymouth Recovery College” to facilitate inclusion of disadvantaged participants who are willing to attend a “recovery college” but shy away from going to a mental health centre. The aim of the Recovery College is to help people move forward in their journey, fulfill their potential and attain a better quality of life. PADMA provides services to an average of 400 mental health service users, their carers and support workers, per month, in addition to the school work. PADMA is accredited to deliver Mental Health First Aid and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) to employers, employees, social workers, nurses and all stakeholders involved in suicide intervention and positive mental well being, particularly for young people.
We have a level 3 Quality Mark (highest level) from National Mind (September 2013). PADMA’s registered charity number is 900484 and is listed on the UK Charity Commission web site. We work extensively in the areas of Plymouth, West Devon, North Cornwall and Caradon (East Cornwall), and also across the UK through affiliation to National Mind and its LMA (local Mind Affiliations) network. PADMA is an autonomous charity in its own right and does not receive funding from National Mind and is an approved City & Guilds and Open College Network Training Centre. We operate our own “Recovery College” for the local community and visit local schools on a regular basis to deliver self care compassion support to young people.

Emotional self exploration is seen by PADMA as being an integral part of PHSE (Personal Social and Health Education) in schools, in terms of helping young people increase their levels of emotional self-confidence through which they can further develop their decision making and entrepreneurial skills. DSHPC will complement all that we currently do with young people and also have a major impact on future development of our work in schools, in that we will be able to disseminate the results as a shared best practice resource directly to our own workforce, other front line youth workers, teachers and carers. All results will be posted on a dedicated project web site and all partners’ web sites in addition to a final international conference for dissemination EU-wide.

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