Mental Health First Aid Course

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Derbyshire Mind are now offering Mental Health First Aid Training.  This is a two day training course designed for people who do not have any specialist mental health training or experience.  It would be suitable for any staff member.  At the end of the course, participants will be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of a range of common mental health problems and will be able to offer practical support and signposting for a number of issues from stress, panic attacks to suicide attempts.  The aim of the training is to enable people with mental health problems to access help promptly, cutting through their own and other’s prejudice about mental health.  The cost of this training is £198 per person including the course materials.  The course delivery is very flexible and may be delivered over two full days or spread out over a number of sessions. Maximum number of participants on the course is 16 with two trainers.  The MHFA course is accredited by the Open College Network (3 credits at Level 3) which is an optional extra at a cost of £70 per student.

Participants on MHFA courses come from a wide range
of backgrounds, from family members wanting to gain more understanding of
what a relative is going through, to employers, and to people who are likely to
come into contact with those at risk of mental health problems, such as police,
ambulance staff or community workers.  There is widespread ignorance of
mental ill health in the general population and there is the associated stigma
too. For some the stigma can lead to delays in people seeking help and support.
There is also a lack of confidence in what to do if someone is distressed or in
a crisis situation. MHFA is a response to this with the aim of improving mental
health literacy throughout communities, with the belief that mental health
crises, such as suicidal and self-harming actions, can sometimes be avoided
with early intervention.

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First aid for physical injuries teaches people how to give initial care until medical treatment is accessed, and MHFA does the same for someone experiencing mental ill health.  However, in teaching people how to give initial care, the course also dispel the fears people often have when they come across someone they suspect is experiencing mental ill health or is in distress.  for more information.

To book or for more information, please contact Caron Kirkham, Derbyshire Mind, 3rd Floor Kelvin House, RTC Business Park,

London Road, Derby DE24 8UP  Tel 01332 345966 extension 4


Next Course 10 and 11 March 2014 at Kelvin House