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Mental Health

Suffolk Coalition of Disabled People are proud to offer

Mental Health First Aid Training Courses


  Online Mental Health Aware Course:

SCODP are pleased to be able to offer this half-day online Mental Health Aware course. This is an introductory course designed to:

  • increase mental health awareness
  • give an understanding of how to look after wellbeing and challenge stigma.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for people who:

  • Have little or no knowledge of mental ill health
  • Want to learn more about mental ill health
  • Want to challenge theirs and other people’s perceptions of mental health.

How is this course delivered?

This course will be delivered online via Zoom, a wireless, web-based video conferencing tool suitable for Android systems, and Windows and Mac computers.

No experience of Zoom is necessary as a link with full instructions will be emailed to course participants. Participants will need access to:

  • A computer or tablet
  • Internet Broadband (a minimum of 3mbps is recommended)
  • A webcam or inbuilt camera capability on your device
  • Speakers – these are usually built into devices/computers. If they are not, external speakers will be required

Who teaches the course?

Our courses are delivered by a quality assured instructor who has attended the MHFA Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health and is trained to keep people safe and supported while they learn.

Course details:


To be confimed


10 am – 1 pm.


The cost of the course is £50 per person.

Grant funding:

SCODP has a small number of grants for these courses.  If you require grant funding to attend the course, please complete the grant funding form.


Bookings for both of these course dates for our online Mental Health Aware are now open.  If you would like to book a place on this course, please complete the booking form.

All booking forms to be returned to:

Please be aware:

Due to Coronavirus we can only accept bookings by email.  We are unable to process postal bookings as our office is closed.


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

SCODP offer three different types of courses:

  1. Two-day Mental health First Aid course:

What Mental Health First Aid does:

  • Teaches proven techniques to assist the first aider to support someone in mental health distress
  • Explains mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression to more complex conditions such as psychosis and schizo-effective disorder.

Who is this course for?

  • Anyone who believes Mental Health First Aid is as important as physical first aid
  • Anyone who wants to learn techniques to help someone experiencing mental health distress
  • Anyone who knows a friend or family member who struggles with mental ill health.

Full details of our two-day mental health first aid course and booking form can be found here: /MHFA-two-day-course/

2. Mental Health First Aid Champions:

This is a shorter course and enables people attending to recognise the main signs of mental ill health and provide initial support and guidance.

Who is this course for?

  • People who want to learn more about the different types of mental ill health;
  • People who want to offer support without being a qualified mental health first aider;
  • People who support mental health first aiders in the workplace;
  • People unable to commit the time to a two day course.

More details and dates/times of our upcoming one day courses can be found here: MHFA champions

3. Mental Health Aware course

This is a half day course which will give participants information and challenge common perceptions of mental ill health.  Further details of our mental health aware course can be found here: Mental Health Aware info

Please note:

Due to the corona virus, we have decided to cancel the half-day course on the 13th March. Please understand we have done this as a precautionary measure, while we see what happens to the spread of the disease, as many of the people who attend our courses may be at risk.


Expression of interest for future courses

If you would like to be informed of upcoming courses, please follow this link: /mental-health-future-courses

Grant funding:

To apply for grant funding to attend this course please click this link: Grant form 2020