Course Title: Mental Health First Aid (HEI 1 day course)
Theme: Personal Effectiveness
Category: Wellbeing, Equality and Diversity
About this course:

Please note: this course is not running at present.

Until the MHFA courses run again, the following resources may be helpful if you are keen to learn more about supporting people with mental health difficulties.   

Mental Health First Aid England guidance for ways to support your mental health while working from home:  
•    https://mhfaengland.org/remote-working-resources/everyone/

The following links are MIND leaflets:  
•    https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/mental-health-problems-introduction/about-mental-health-problems/
 
•    https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/statistics-and-facts-about-mental-health/how-common-are-mental-health-problems/
 
The following link is online training that you may find helpful:  
•    http://learning.cwmt.org.uk/e-learning/further-education/

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 https://www.mhfaengland.org 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: Staff should choose either the 1 or 2 day MHFA courses to attend.  It is not necessary or recommended to attend both courses.

Any staff involved in supporting the wellbeing of students.

These may include:
- 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
Presenter(s): Rachel Bragg and Jo Blakely.
Before the course: Participants need to commit to attending the whole day