Mental Health First Aid Awareness Course (4 hours)

This half day course is an introductory session to raise awareness of mental health. It is designed to give:

- An understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma
- A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
- An introduction to looking after your own mental health
- Confidence to interact with someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue
- Insight into the two day course and the benefits of becoming a Mental Health First Aider

How will I learn?

This 4 hour session will be a mix of presentations, group interaction, and activities. Due to some of the sensitive subjects of our courses, there is a limited number of places available per course. We want everyone to feel safe and our instructors can help if people find some parts particularly difficult. Where possible we will engage service users to learn from 'lived experience'. You'll receive a manual that you can take away with you at the end of the session and an attendance certificate will be emailed to you from MHFA England following attendance at the course. Late joiners and early leavers will not be issued an attendance certificate.

Who can attend the course?

The course is for everyone aged 16 and above. You do not require any qualifications or experience in mental health to take part. Registration is MANDATORY. NOTE, the course is introductory, and not advised for staff with developed competency in this area
How do I book onto a course?
·Monday 3rd June 2019, 09:00-13:00
·Thursday 15th August 2019, 09:00-13:00
·Tuesday 8th October 2019, 09:00-13:00
·Thursday 15th October 2019, 13:00-17:00
·Wednesday 19th February 2020, 13:00-17:00
Please click on the desired date to register your place



safeTALK: Suicide Alertness For Everyone (half day)

safeTALK is a half-day (3.5 hours) training course that can help you make a difference. Know what to do if someone's suicidal by following the easy to remember TALK steps - Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep-safe. These practical steps offer immediate help to someone having thoughts of suicide and help you both move forward to connect with more specialised support. 

This training complements the more comprehensive 2-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course by conveniently widening the net of suicide alert helpers to ensure that thoughts of suicide aren't missed, dismissed or avoided. 

What are the training outcomes?
• Identify people thinking of suicide overcome barriers to talk about suicide
• Identify reasons we may miss, dismiss or avoid suicide
• Apply the 4 step model of suicide alertness (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep-safe)
• Connect people at risk with further help training will be delivered with further help

Additionally, each participant will receive a certificate, a wallet-sized reference card plus a resource pack with information about sources of support for people having suicidal thoughts.

What are the teaching methods?
• Presentations and guidance from a Livingworks registered trainer
• Access to support from a local community resource person
• Powerful audio visual learning aids
• The simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
• Hands-on skills practice and development

Who can attend this course?
Everyone! safeTALK is suitable for all community members and professionals. Those already working in Mental Health environment should not attend this, as this is a basic awareness course

When is the training? How do I register?
Below course dates and times. Please click on the date to register your place. Note, there will be £75 charge for cancellations within 72 hours prior to the course or failure to attend                                                                                 
·Thursday 20th June 2019, 13:00-17:00
·Tuesday 16th July 2019, 13:00-17:00
·Monday 23rd September 2019 09:00-13:00
·Friday 24th January 2019, 09:00-13:00

Where are the courses delivered?
Courses will be delivered at the Education Academy, Burdett House, Mile End Hospital, Bancroft Road, London, E1 4DG

Further information
These are introductory courses and are targeted at those who have minimal training previously. Attendees are not expected to become experts in the field following training.
Light refreshments will be made available, lunch will NOT be provided. However, facilities are available on site to purchase food and drink.
A course completion certificate will be provided to all participants. You will be expected to take part in the course evaluation process. Please be aware on site videoing/photography may be taking place, please make the trainers aware if you do not wish to be included in footage. These will be used for future promotion of the programme.

Training can be emotionally tiring and can bring up personal feelings around loss, and previous thoughts of suicide. For further information please email or visit