MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING (MHFA)

One of our primary goals for Let’s Talk, Stansted! is to build a team of individuals with recognised training to support those in our community with mental health worries. We would like individuals, businesses, service providers and community group leaders to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing and make provision for support.

We’ve teamed up with West Essex MIND, who have agreed to run Mental Health First Aid certification courses on our behalf.

Developed in Australia in 2001 and now internationally recognised in 26 countries, the MHFA course will teach you how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, provide help on a first aid basis, and effectively guide someone towards the right support services. This course is designed and delivered using evidence-based knowledge and skills that will equip you to be a really effective and kind helper, as well as save lives.

The course is for anyone aged 16+ who wants to learn how to support adults, reduce stigma and discrimination, as well as learning about good self-care to improve their own wellbeing.

In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial early warning signs of mental ill health. You’ll gain the skills and confidence to work with residents in the community. We also believe that having at least one person in every organisation with Mental Health First Aid skills will be a huge asset to the mental health and wellbeing of businesses and community groups.

The full MHFA certification course is being conducted over four weeks. It’s a mixture of live online group sessions on Zoom, plus study/practice in your own time along with some online research. The weekly Zoom calls will be around 2 hours long and we anticipate participants needing several additional hours each week to work in their own time.

YOUR COMMITMENT

Training is expensive and we’re fortunate to be able to offer this programme free of charge (usually £200 per person). Please consider the requirements carefully and our expectations for our first aid team.

If you register for the course please be sure that you have the time free for ALL the live Zoom calls. We want every student to complete the course.

Commit yourself now to using the knowledge and skills you’ll gain to support our community in the future. As part of the Let’s Talk, Stansted! team, there will be a growing number of opportunities to work in the community with local groups, on our online support services and directly with individuals. And your skills will be invaluable in your business or workplace. The work is voluntary but we anticipate that all our first aiders will commit to a few hours each week to support others, although we recognise that you have other commitments too.

You will also be asked to agree to our safeguarding policies which we are currently drawing up. These cover ways of working, reporting and protecting yourself, the organisation and the community. There will be more information about these as participants work through the programme.

Places are on a first come, first served basis, and you can register using the link on this page. If you can’t commit to the courses listed, don’t worry. Other courses are being planned for the future and we hope they will include evening/weekend courses and shorter courses on mental health awareness. Look out for announcements by email.

AVAILABLE COURSES

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID CERTIFICATION

THERE ARE A SMALL NUMBER OF PLACES AVAILABLE ON THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

Course period: APRIL 2021

ZOOM CALLS (approximately 2 hours) – starting at 9.30AM

APRIL 6th / 8th / 13th and 15th

or

APRIL 14th / 16th / 21st  and 23rd

Plus 2-4 hours in your own time each week for supplementary study and practice.

Workbooks and materials provided.

On completion you will become a certified MHFA. PLEASE EMAIL US IF YOU WOULD LIKE A PLACE

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

THERE ARE A SMALL NUMBER OF PLACES AVAILABLE

Course period: APRIL 2021

ZOOM CALLS (approximately 4 hours) – times and dates to be advised

Worksheets and materials provided.

PLEASE EMAIL US IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE DETAILS

QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE

Do I need any qualifications or experience?

None whatsoever. We welcome all members of the community here in Stansted and the surrounding villages. However, you must be over 16 to participate.

How much does it cost?

The training is free of charge, but we anticipate that once completed, you’ll commit to working with us in the community on one or more of the initiatives we’re establishing.

I can't commit to the time required.

Don’t worry if this course is too much, or you can’t commit to the times and dates. There will be future courses and we are also planning to add shorter ‘Mental Health Awareness’ courses. We’ll be announcing these over the coming months.

I want to train a number of people in my business or community group.

Get in touch with us directly and let’s talk about how we can arrange a private course for your team.

I'd like to contribute financially for my training.

Courses are currently free of charge (places are around £200 normally). But if you wish to support our work, please donate any amount you wish to our Just Giving page with our gratitude: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stansted-mental-health

I've registered for a course but can no longer make it

Please contact the MHFA England office by calling 0203 928 0760 and selecting option 2. They will be able to remove you and make your place available to others.

If you have any other questions please email: contact@stanstedmentalhealth.org or call Richard on 07794 268208.