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Mental Health First Aid (HEI 1 Day course)



Personal Effectiveness


Health, Safety and Environment

About this course:

This is a one day HEI Mental Health First Aid course for staff who are involved in working with students.

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to be a Higher Education MHFA Champion.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an educational course that teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue.

MHFA teaches you to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health, provide initial help and effectively guide someone towards other support.

MHFA training was developed in Australia in 2000, was adopted in the UK in 2006 and now has a large international spread.

Randomised controlled trials show that MHFA training improves knowledge, reduces stigmatising attitudes, and increases first aid actions towards people with mental health issues.

The training covers what is mental health, depression, anxiety disorders, suicide, self harm and eating disorders, psychosis and the mental health first aid action plan.


PLEASE NOTE FULL ATTENDANCE REQUIRED: It is a Mental Health First Aid England requirement that delegates must attend for the whole day of training.


Please see for further information.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course Higher Education Champions will have:.

- a deeper understanding of the issues that relate to student and staff mental health.

- skills to spot early signs of mental ill health.

- confidence to sign post towards support.

- knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness.

Who should attend this course:

Any staff involves in supporting the wellbeing of students, e.g.: - Accommodation officers.

- Personal Tutors.

- Field trip staff.

- Module Convenors.

- Lecturers.

- Course tutors.

- Teaching assistants.

- Learning and development staff who work with students.

- Chaplaincy staff.

- Library staff.

- SID staff.

- Careers staff.

- Study Abroad Team staff.


Rachel Bragg and Jo Blakely

What previous participants have said about the course:

- "Very interesting and enlightening course".

- "I have an increased confidence in the knowledge I have and in my ability to support others.

I'll encourage my team to be more open to discuss mental health".

- "Really useful and thought provoking.

Thank you to both instructors and MHFA for putting it together".

- "Thank you for lifting the fog of mental health for me".

- "Excellent course, included a vast range of very useful information to make you think and tips on how to deal with MH issues".

- "I was a bit nervous about this course as I have a history of mental illness but it was all handled really well - thank you".

Before the course:

- Participants must be able to commit to attending the whole day.


Learning provider:

Mental Health First Aid England.

This course is administered by People Development; please contact for more details.

This course occurs on the following dates
08/02/2019 Streatham: Northcote House, Senate/Council Chamber 08:50 17:00 Free Joanna Blakely
Rachel Bragg
02/05/2019 Streatham: Building One, Syndicate Room C 08:50 17:00 Free Rachel Bragg 11

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