Free Mental Health First Aid and Awareness Training for Herefordshire

New Courses 2022 – FREE for Herefordshire 
Mental Health First Aid (2-day)
and Awareness Training (3 hours)

Mental Health First Aid Training normally costs £300 per person. Today its FREE! 
Who is this free training for: staff and volunteers of Herefordshire voluntary and community groups.

Herefordshire Council has funded this Talk Community programme of training courses (Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Awareness) to help community organisations support the mental health and wellbeing of local residents as well as their volunteers and workers.

Mental Health Awareness training

– 3 hours, face to face
– or online

This 3 hour course is designed and delivered by Herefordshire Mind to enable you to understand more about wellbeing and mental health and what it means for you and your community. Things can impact on all of us that change our wellbeing and mental health for better or worse. This short session will increase awareness for you and others around you.
It will give you:
· an awareness of what is meant by mental health and mental health problems
· a knowledge of what vulnerability is and some tools to protect mental wellbeing
· information about how mental health conditions are diagnosed
· an overview of some of the signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions and what treatments are available
· what options are available to help support people with their mental health or when they are in crisis
Everyone will receive a resource pack including copies of the presentation together with useful information covering things like:
· Find the words (how to speak to your GP about a mental health issue)
· Self-esteem
· Anger
· Loneliness
· Stress
Who is it aimed at:
This is for you if you are over the age of 18, based in Herefordshire and looking for a basic introduction to mental health or taking your first steps into mental health first aid training. Priority is given to key partners supporting the delivery of the Talk Community approach. Find out more about Talk Communities HERE

Dates and Venues:

Online:

  • Thursday 20th January 10am -1pm   
  •  Wednesday 26th January 1.30pm-4.30pm 
  • Friday 4th February 10am -1pm   
  • Wednesday 9th February 1.30pm-4.30pm 
  • Thursday 17th February 10am -1pm

Face to Face:

  • Wednesday 2 March 10am -1pm at Cider Museum
  •  Friday 11th March 10am -1pm at Ledbury Community Centre
  • Thursday 17th March 10am -1pm at The Hope Centre, Bromyard

How to book: –

We will confirm bookings in January, once we have collated initial requests for places: 
· Call Fran Wheatley on 01684 312730 (voicemail available)
· Email: francesw@comfirst.org.uk
· Or book via the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Wellbeing and Recovery College website

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training

– 2 days face to face

With 1 in 4 adults suffering from mental ill health per year and 1 in 6 people reporting experiencing a common mental health problem (like anxiety and depression), in the last week, the chances are that you know someone who may be struggling.

This interactive, internationally recognised course will give you the skills and confidence to become a Mental Health First Aider including:
· an understanding of what mental health is and the range of things that can affect our wellbeing
· a knowledge of the most common mental health conditions
· the practical skills to spot the triggers, signs and symptoms of a range of mental health problems
· the confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress using the Mental Health First Aid action plan
· how to practice listening without judgement and with empathy
· how to help someone by guiding them to further support and the knowledge of a range of local and national resources
· An understanding of how to keep yourself safe whilst providing Mental Health First Aid and how to look after your own wellbeing.

MHFA is an internationally recognised, certificated training course delivered by local trainers who are trained and licensed by MHFA England. By training as a Mental Health First Aider you will become part of a community of over 77,000 people in England trained to support.

Everyone will take away a resource pack including a comprehensive MHFA manual, a personal workbook and action plan, a quick reference pocket card and local, national and online signposting resources.

This training is FREE, but would normally cost £300 per person to attend

Who is it aimed at:
This is for you if you are over the age of 18, based in Herefordshire and keen to learn how to be able to better reassure and support someone who is going through a tough time; or if you are working as a volunteer or in a paid role where you are more likely to come across people needing help to find the right source of support for their mental health. Priority is given to key partners supporting the delivery of the Talk Community approach. Find out more about Talk Communities HERE

Dates and Venues for 2-day course (face to face):

Museum of Cider, Hereford https://www.cidermuseum.co.uk/visiting  
· 
Day 1 – Tuesday 15th February- 9am-5pm
· Day 2 –  Wednesday 16th February- 9am-5pm

· Day 1 – Thursday 17th March- 9am-5pm
· Day 2 –  Wednesday 23rd March- 9am-5pm

Larruperz Centre Ross On Wye 
– 
Day 1 – Friday 1st April- 9am-5pm
– Day 2 – Friday 8th April- 9am-5pm

How to book: –

We will confirm bookings in January, once we have collated initial requests for places: 
· Call Fran Wheatley on 01684 312730 (voicemail available)
· Email: francesw@comfirst.org.uk
· Or book via the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Wellbeing and Recovery College