What is mental health first aid?
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening. You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe. You’ll also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more. What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma in the world around you.
This popular course, fully supported by the Diocese of Peterborough, raises awareness of mental health and wellbeing, and is structured to help anyone engaged with parish life to better serve the needs of those who are experiencing mental health concerns.
The course is delivered by Revd Kevin Fear, who was a Minister in Secular Employment working in Health & Safety in the construction industry. He is licenced as an Assistant Priest in the parish of Werrington and is qualified to deliver Mental Health First Aid England’s, Online Mental Health First Aid course. The course is delivered through the MHFA England Online Learning Hub and learning takes place through live training sessions, spread across two weeks. Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan.
When is it taking place?
22 April 9.30am – 1pm
25 April 9.30am – 1pm
29 April 9.30am – 1pm
02 May 9.30am – 1pm
You need to attend all the sessions to complete the course
What is the cost?
£40 per person - payment will be required one month before the start date. A clergyperson may claim against their CMD grant to cover this cost.
The closing date for bookings is Friday 22nd March.