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Stamp of approval for start-up's new course; Training: Mental health first aid qualification SQA accredited.

Byline: REBECCA BUCHAN

A north-east firm has been awarded accreditation from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) for a course they've created in mental health first aid.

A start-up founded by communications professional, Fiona Lindsay, and HR professional, Louise Jenkins-Lang, Lindsay & Lang was formed to deliver development, wellbeing and communication services within businesses.

The pair say they have a shared drive to support the wellbeing and mental health of employees so formed the consultancy to create an "end-to-end service which promotes conversations with impact".

Fiona Lindsay said the accreditation was a "great achievement" for the firm.

She said: "This is a great achievement for Lindsay & Lang and reinforces our beliefs that the road to business success can only be achieved through people that are professionally, personally and emotionally supported.

"This is a huge step in the right direction, and we are dedicated to promoting greater awareness of the mental health and wellbeing topic, which in turn will help to reduce existing stigma and misconceptions."

Louise Jenkins-Lang added: "We are especially proud that the training we deliver is nationally recognised and the qualifications offered are fully regulated by SQA Accreditation and First Aid Awards (FAA).

"This provides UK clients with the relevant qualification in their area without compromising content and the qualification sits alongside competency systems and technical SVQ/RQF's."

Jason Best, Accountable Officer for FAA added: "FAA provide a simple approach to regulating SQA Accreditation's regulated qualifications and ensure compliance with all relevant legislation in response to market demand. We see the new SQA accreditation as an important platform to promote positive understanding and conversation."

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
Date:Aug 9, 2019
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