Equality & Diversity
Mental Health First Aid
The mental health charity MIND states that one in four of us are affected by mental health problems each year. An increasing amount of HE students and employees present in mental distress and often front line workers feel they lack the skills and confidence to support them appropriately. In line with The Welsh Government ‘Together for Mental Health Strategy’, HEFCW (Higher Education Funding Council for Wales) have produced a circular in October 2013: Equality and Diversity in Higher Education: Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing. It suggests that Universities and Student Unions may wish to consider incorporating mental health related programmes including the Mental Health First Aid Course into their staff development programmes in order to better equip staff to identify issues and signpost employees and students to relevant support services.
The Mental Health First Aid course aims to improve mental health literacy and will help participants to recognise the signs and symptoms of someone with mental health problems; to respond to various mental health crises, engage with, support and signpost people to appropriate help. It is a 12 hour course and will be run over two days. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance and a copy of the Mental Health First Aid (Wales) Manual, which covers the course content.
Further details about the course can be found at www.MHFA-wales.co.uk.
23 & 24 February 2015
09:00 - 17:00
11th Floor, McKenzie House, 30 - 36 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0DE