A virtual college for people with mental health conditions is being launched by the Royal Borough next week.

The Opportunity Recovery College will be a series of courses, workshops and activities across the borough - commissioned from the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The prospectus will be revealed on Friday, October 13 at the launch in Maidenhead Town Hall.

In 2014, nearly 21,500 people had some form of mental health condition in the borough. This is predicted to rise to more than 22,600 by 2030.

The council has also endorsed the Berkshire-wide suicide prevention strategy and created a separate guide focussed on local needs in the borough.

Cllr Stuart Carroll, the borough's principal member for public health who helped set up the initiative, said: “It’s down to the hard work of staff that we have been able to deliver mental health first aid training to 90 per cent of council managers, making them better equipped to deal with and spot the signs of mental health needs in their teams.

"As someone who knows from first-hand experience and suffers with clinical depression, I know some people struggle to talk about mental health and this training will enable managers to spot the signs in their colleagues and signpost them to support services if they would like them."

Cllr Michael John Saunders, mental health champion for the council who has spoken openly about his own battle with depression, said: “Talking honestly about mental health is the very best way to understand the opportunities and challenges our minds present to all of us.”

For more information see the Brighter Berkshire website http://brighterberkshire.com/ and Twitter feed @BrightBerks2017.