A specialist programme, developed by the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), Betknowmore UK and Bournemouth University to support health professionals, has received formal accreditation from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).

The ‘Mindful Resilience’ programme equips health professionals, including GPs, nurses, pharmacists, social prescribers and mental health workers, with the knowledge and understanding required to identify, support and refer vulnerable people who are experiencing or at risk of harms related to gaming and gambling. Following a robust review process, the RSPH has formally accredited the training, verifying its high standards. 

YGAM and Betknowmore teamed up with academics from Bournemouth University to design and launch the training programme in 2021. The training content was developed with input from psychologists and informed by academics, health professionals, and individuals with lived experience. The programme also promotes signposting to the National Treatment Network and NHS for patients needing support.

The RSPH is an independent health education charity and the world’s oldest public health body. Its highly respected accreditation centre has been running services continuously since 1904, helping to improve standards in public health across the nation.

Caroline Gallagher, Director of Compliance & Quality Assurance at YGAM welcomed the accreditation saying, “The RSPH accreditation is significant because it demonstrates the training content and delivery is of an exceptional standard and brings confidence and credibility for our audience. Since YGAM’s inception, we have had a relentless focus on independent evaluations and securing external accreditations for our work. We’re incredibly proud of our high standards and strong independence. This recognition further evidences the importance and benefits of collaboration when producing impactful resources.”

A stamp of approval from the RSPH follows a recent public endorsement for the Mindful Resilience programme from the Shadow Minister for Mental Health. Dr Rosena Alin-Khan MP, herself a London-based medical doctor, described the programme as ‘pioneering’.

The ‘Mindful Resilience’ Programme is piloting in the London area to professionals whose work involves direct contact with children and young people. If you would like to book on to one of our workshops, please follow the link below and we will contact you to discuss training arrangements and further support. If you are based outside the London area but would like to receive updates on developments on the Programme and potential new locations following our pilot, we would still love to hear from you via the form below.

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