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Mental Health First Aid Training

Did you know?

  • 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime;
  • People facing financial pressure can be prone to mental ill health;
  • Mental Health services are in crisis.

 

Prior to the Covid 19 Pandemic, SCODP has run a series of Mental Health First Aid training courses throughout the year and across the county.

 

Provision of future courses is currently under review with respect to mode of delivery and course length. Please check back here for the latest updates.

 

Our past courses have ranged in length and coverage:

Mental Health Aware is a half day course designed for those wishing to increase awareness of mental health and learn how to challenge stigma.

Mental Health First Aid Champions is a one day course aimed at those wishing to learn about the different types of mental ill health, offer support generally and support other Mental Health First Aiders in the workplace without becoming  qualified themselves as a Mental Health First Aider.

Mental Health First Aid is the full 2 day course which leads to certification as a Mental Health First Aider. It is designed for anyone who believes Mental Health First Aid is as important as physical first aid and wishes to gain a deeper understanding of Mental ill health.

For Organisations:

In addition, SCODP are happy to provide ‘in house’ Mental Health First Aid training for your organisation, normally to a maximum of 10 members of staff. Please contact us at enquiries@scodp.org.uk  for more information.

 

Please find below some general information about our Mental Health First Aid training courses.

 

What Mental Health First Aid training does:

  • Challenges your perceptions and other people’s perceptions about mental health;
  • Teaches how to challenge the stigma attached to mental health conditions;
  • Provides explanations of mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression through to more complex conditions such as psychosis and schizoaffective disorder;
  • Provides an understanding of the signs and symptoms of mental ill health;
  • Gives you the confidence to step in to give initial support to someone suffering the symptoms of mental ill health;
  • Enhances your interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening;
  • Teaches proven techniques to assist the First Aider to support someone in mental health distress;
  • Gives you the confidence to guide someone suffering from symptoms of mental ill health to appropriate professional help.

Please note – not all of these aspects will be covered during the shorter half day and one day courses.

 

What Mental Health First Aid training is not:

  • A replacement for a fully funded mental health service;
  • A course in counselling;
  • Designed to make you an expert on mental health.

 

Who teaches our Mental Health First Aid training courses?

Our courses are delivered by a quality assured instructor who has attended the Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal society for Public Health. The instructor is trained to keep people safe while they learn.