Applications are being invited for new mental health training courses being run by a Burnham-On-Sea charity.

In Charley’s Memory delivers mental health support to young people in memory of Burnham teenager Charley Marks who took his own life in 2014.

Burnham and Highbridge Town Council and Sedgemoor District Council have given grant funding to enable the charity to run two ‘Ambassador Courses’ – one aimed at King Alfred School students in years 9-12 and the other for students at Bridgwater College.

“The Bridgwater College Students will complete the Mental Health First Aid Course – an international qualification – and the King Alfred School students will complete a shorter course around mental health and wellbeing,” said a spokeswoman.

“All ambassadors will be fully supported by a mentor throughout the year and there will be a celebration event on completion of training too.”

“The idea of this scheme is to develop links between the school, college and In Charley’s Memory, so that the young people can be more involved in developing the services and also know where to find support if one of their peers needs it – they will be sign-posting their friends to things that might help them.”

Training dates for both these schemes are in October and applications are invited now. Contact In Charley’s Memory via Facebook or by calling 01278 773403 or emailing in_charleys_memory@outlook.com to find out more and apply for this new scheme.