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University team provides online ‘first aid for the mind’ training

Date 2.04.2020

Training to recognise when our mental health may be changing is easier to access, with official approval for online ‘first aid for the mind’ courses with a University team.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a global movement to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health by increasing the public’s understanding of it.

The University of Northampton started delivering face-to-face MHFA training for staff and students in 2017 and to external groups from last year.

More than 1000 individuals are now more confident about mental health awareness and early intervention. The team’s energies have seen them nominated at the inaugural, national Inside Out Awards.

Now, MHFA England – the country’s official body overseeing MHFA – have approved the University’s MHFA team to increase access to the training by giving half-day courses online.

The training – which lasts three hours – introduces people to what mental health is, gives them an understanding of how to look after their mental health and well-being and other people’s and to confidently challenge stigma about mental health.

Emma Dillon, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, said: “Mental health awareness is everybody’s business. It is really important for us all to feel confident in looking after our well-being and being able to support others and signpost them appropriately.

“The UON MHFA team are committed to making sure as many of us as possible enjoy good mental health, MHFA provides an evidence-based framework for individuals and teams to work in.

“The good thing about this half day course is it helps anyone of us to take a pause from what’s happening in the outside world and think seriously about what’s going on for us or the person next to you. Taking it online means the team and I can reach more people and help them take better care of their mental health.”

For anyone who is interested, email the team at uonmhfa@northampton.ac.uk more information.

Find out more about MHFA at the University.