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Mental Health First Aid (2 day course)



Personal Effectiveness


Health, Safety and Environment

About this course:

This is a 2 day course, the date shown at the bottom is the first day of the course.

This two day Mental Health First Aid course is for staff who are involved in supporting students.

This 2 day course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to be a mental health first aider.

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.

In the same way as we learn physical first aid, MHFA teaches you to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health, provide help on a first aid basis, and effectively guide someone towards the right 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, personality disorders, eating disorders, self harm, bipolar disorder and mental health first aid action plan.

The mental health crises covered are suicidal thoughts and behaviours, self-harm, panic attacks, and reactions following severe psychotic states and substance use.


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


Please see for further information.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course Mental Health First Aiders will have:.

- An in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing.

- Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues.

- Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress.

- Enhance interpersonal skills such as non judgemental listening.

- Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to appropriate support.

Who should attend this course:

Any staff who have front line role or direct responsibility for supporting the wellbeing of students.

These may include:.

- Directors of Education.

- Senior Personal tutors.

- Estate Patrol.

- Accommodation Managers.

- Residence Life Team Leaders.

- Professional Services Staff in HUBs.

- Hub managers.

- Field trip staff.

- Staff who run HWSS meeting.

- Dignity and Respect and Advisors (student support) - Sport Centre.

- Accessability Services.

- Study Abroad Manager.

- SID managers.

- WP Careers workers.

- Chaplaincy lead.

- Welfare Workers.


Rachel Bragg and Jo Blakely.

What previous participants have said about the course:

- "Exactly the training I need in my role".

- "Really useful course and great balance of info, interaction and questions".

- "This course should be compulsory for anyone in a student facing role".

- "A great course comprehensive and considering the difficulty of the nature of the course, very rewarding".

- "An outstanding course which I would recommend unreservedly".

Before the course:

- Participants need to commit to attending the full 2 days.


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
10/01/2019 Streatham: Building One, Marchant Syndicate Room A 08:50 17:00 Free Rachel Bragg
Joanna Blakely
22/05/2019 Streatham: Xfi, Seminar Room B 08:50 17:00 Free Joanna Blakely
Rachel Bragg
20/06/2019 Streatham: Amory, Room A239C 08:50 17:00 Free Rachel Bragg
Joanna Blakely

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