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Mental Health First Aid training course

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

Since November 2017, the University’s MHFA team have trained over 136 staff and 600 nursing students on two-day MHFA training courses, meaning these people are now certified mental health first aiders. We have 16 MHFA instructors and have been recognised as an example of excellent MHFA delivery by MHFA England. In addition, we have also run a number of half-day MH Awareness sessions for the University of Northampton’s staff giving them a confidence to offer support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

The Team has been awarded the Health and Wellbeing Changemaker of the Year for the team who is making a positive social impact to benefit health and wellbeing in communities.

The MHFA Team at the University of Northampton been working with a variety of education, sports and business teams on the importance of Well Being empowering them to take responsibility for their wellbeing and to support others. We are working with NTFC and have started to train some of their staff  and supporting embedding MHFA into their organisation. We have also delivered nationally to RCN/BUPA and advised on how to implement MHFA into their organisations, it’s so much more than just delivery of the course, it is vital to promote culture change and psychological safety.

For more information, email the MHFA at the University of Northampton: UONMHFA@northampton.ac.uk

Follow us on twitter @uonmhfa

Mental Health First Aid training courses

We offer a variety of training courses to fit your training needs:

  • Two Day – Mental Health First Aiders
  • One Day – MHFA Champions
  • Half Day – Mental Health Aware

Please contact us for more information by email: UONMHFA@northampton.ac.uk

Testimonials

We have had excellent feedback from our deliveries. We have presented nationally with MHFA England to share our UONMHFA story and advise on MHFA delivery and ongoing psychological safety. We are also in the process of a partnership MHFA audit with MHFA England and several community sports project with MHFA England:

“Really good course led and delivered really well. Really interesting and important topics done sensitively but at the same time, in enough depth and detail to give us the knowledge to support people going through issues. Would thoroughly recommend it to people, especially those that work in the sporting world with young people.” Pete Stephenson, Academy Education Lead.

“Useful tool to have and use in your personal life and work base environment.”

“A really interesting course that has certainly opened my eyes around the importance of looking after my own mental health and that of our staff. It has helped me to understand how we can spot the signs of deteriorating mental health and has equipped me with the tools to more confidently act to support and signpost. I would highly recommend this course to others.” Phillip Smith, CEO, NTFC Community Trust.

“I will use my awareness in my role. I will implement the stress bucket with colleagues.”

‘We highly recommend this course – 9 team members attended the 2 day training with MHFA and thoroughly enjoyed it. They all agree it gave them a foundation of knowledge to be able to take away and we are now excited to use this to develop our own strategy to support mental health in our workplace. The two instructors were both very knowledgeable, down to earth, true experts in their field that made everyone feel comfortable to open up. We have more people coming to us who are keen to go through the training with the feedback the have received.’ Emma Welch, Group HR Director, Ocee Design

“I have a better understanding of stress in the workplace and promoting well being.”

“The UONMHFA team have helped to develop a robust Wellbeing culture to promote a whole university and community  approach to  MH awareness using MHFA to provide a robust evidence base.” Fionuala Bonner, COO, MHFA England

“This course has helped me to really think about how to manage my own well being/mental health in order to support others with theirs, particularly in the teaching profession.”

Contact

For more information, please contact the UONMHFA team by email: UONMHFA@northampton.ac.uk

Follow us on twitter @uonmhfa

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