Course Title: Mental Health First Aid (2 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 two day Mental Health First Aid course is for staff who are involved in supporting students.  It 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 https://mhfaengland.org/ 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: 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 who have front line roles 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
Presenter(s): Rachel Bragg and Jo Blakely
Before the course: Participants need to commit to attending the full 2 days