Would you know how to help? 

We’re aware of the challenges a university environment can bring to staff and student mental health alike. Moving away from support networks for the first time, academic pressure, financial worries, rising debt and the uncertainty of the graduate job market can all trigger mental ill health or worsen existing mental health issues in students. Long working hours, a culture of overwork, isolation, and increasing pressures from league tables means that stress and burnout is common from PhD students to vice-chancellors.  

Training for a healthy university. 

Our Higher Education Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are for everyone who works or studies in a university environment. You will gain the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues, offer first aid and guide someone towards the support they need. In doing so, you can speed up recovery and stop a mental health issue from getting worse. 
Our courses won’t teach you to be a therapist, but we will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis - and even potentially stop a crisis from happening. 
But more than that, our courses aim to give you the information and skills to look after your own mental health, promote positive wellbeing and raise awareness in the people around you. By giving you the tools to have these conversations, we hope to empower you to create a mentally healthy, supportive environment in your university. 
Let’s create a future where we all know how to look after our own mental wellbeing, so preventable issues don’t arise in the first place. A future where everyone has access to support if they need it. 

Higher Education Mental Health First Aid 

This online course trains you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider, giving you: 
An in-depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing 
Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues 
Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress 
Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening 
Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix – engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate 
Tools to look after your own mental wellbeing  
This is an online course delivered through the Mindmaps Wellbeing Hub 
Learning takes place through four live training sessions spread across one to two weeks, with self-learning activities in between.  
Each session is built around a Youth Mental Health First Aid action plan 
We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn 
Everyone who completes the course gets: 
A certificate of attendance to say you are a Mental Health First Aider 
A manual to refer to whenever you need it 
A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan 
A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health 
Access to Mindmaps Wellbeing Hub_Youth Edition. 

What will I learn? 

Why mental health first aid? 
The mental health first aid action plan 
What is mental health? 
Impact of mental health issues 
Stigma and discrimination 
Stress container 
Frame of reference 
Risk and protective factors 
The mental health continuum 
Prevelance of suicide 
Suicide, substance misuse and dual diagnosis 
Analyse the impact of suicidal feelings 
ALGEE and risk factors for suicide 
Non-judegmental listening 
Case studies to practifce ALGEE 
How to support somone having a panic attack 
Crisis mental health first aid 
What is CBT? 
Eating disorders 
Bipola disorder 
Helpful & unhelpful responses 
How to create a mentally health environment 
Put your action plan in place to start using MHFAider skills 
All our instructors are not only Registered Mental Health Nurses & Professionals, they also work with higher education institutes, providing training and support within these organisations, either as lecturers or pastoral support. Each trainer has significant experience of content development, ensuring contemporary and evidence-based information are used to support all content. 

Course Locations 

This course is delivered online using an online learning hub. We are delivering the course for closed groups in-person covering all areas of the country, We have a wide selection of courses available for a global audience and have been training delegates all over the world through the learning hub.  
We look forward to welcoming you on to a course that suits your requirements, to help with the mental wellbeing in your workplace for you and your staff.  

This course is available for closed groups of 6-16 delegates. Please note this is a two-day course, when completing the form include both dates. For enquiries please pick the 1st set of dates you may consider should you choose to go ahead. 

MHFA England Higher Education Closed Group Fee 

Number of delegates 
Price GBP 
15 - 16 
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Book a consultation. 

This call is to help us explore solutions to change the culture of workplace mental health 
Do you have an MH policy in place? 
What do you have in place already? 
What outcomes are you looking for? 
Opportunity to discuss tailored training? 
We have all your mental health workplace solutions, with a team of Registered Mental Health Nurses / Professionals with over 20+ years experience working for the NHS, in mental health settings. 
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Please pick your course dates in preference order, if this is only an enquiry at this stage please pick a date you would consider. 
This course is available for delivery Mondday to Friday.  
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