Free mental health training for publicans

By Emily Hawkins contact

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Mental health: the Licensed Trade Charity has introduced a free scheme to help publicans to support workers
Mental health: the Licensed Trade Charity has introduced a free scheme to help publicans to support workers

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The Licensed Trade Charity (LTC) has introduced a free training scheme to equip publicans with the ability to identify and help workers with mental health issues.

The scheme is the first of its kind and will launch with two mental health and wellbeing in the workplace sessions for managers, held in London and the Midlands.

Its inaugural sessions will take place on world mental health day (Wednesday 10 October).

Regional support

More events​ held across the country will take place in 2019, to ensure all publicans can access information and support on the issue.

The one-day training events will teach managers about the most common mental health issues in the workplace and how to support workers showing symptoms of mental health problems.

The scheme is a partnership between the LTC and Care First, which provides the charity’s free advice helpline for publicans.

A team of counsellors at Care First have a specialist knowledge of the licensed trade and the mental health issues staff may experience.

Specialist knowledge

Licensed Trade Charity​ charity services manager Carolyn Jenkinson said: “Many of the calls we receive from pub and bar staff seeking help involve mental health issues.

“While in most cases managers are sympathetic to their staff members' problems, they often find it difficult to know what to say or do to help.

“This breakthrough training for the industry will give managers the confidence to help, making them feel comfortable talking to people who have mental health issues.”

Publicans can also access up to six free counselling sessions through the charity.

To register an interest in the initiative and attend one of the training sessions, operators should contact Carolyn Jenkinson on

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