Higher Education Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
This Higher Education mental health awareness and skills course was created in consultation with leading student mental health charity Student Minds. It was piloted in 16 universities and evaluated by the University of Chester.
Every Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course is delivered by a quality assured instructor who has attended the MHFA seven day instructor training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.
Who is it for?
The Higher Education MHFA course is for anyone who either works or studies in a higher education environment.
The course gives a deeper understanding around the issues that relate to student and staff mental health. Participants learn practical skills that can be used every day, including how to spot the early signs of mental ill health.
Research and evaluation show that taking part in the MHFA course:
- Raises awareness and mental health literacy
- Reduces stigma around mental ill health
- Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
- Promotes early intervention which enables recovery
Everyone who completes the course receives a copy of the Higher Education MHFA Manual which is an excellent reference and support resource. They also get a certificate and badge to say they are a MHFA Champion – someone with the skills and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness, support a culture of wellbeing, spot signs of mental ill health and guide a person to a place of support.
The specialised Higher Education MHFA instructors deliver an intensive one day course which covers a number of key topics:
- What is mental health?
- Depression and anxiety
- Self-harm and eating disorders
- Mental Health First Aid action plan
The day includes a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. The trainer provides a safe learning environment where participants are supported throughout the course.
The course aims to give delegates the information and skills to look after their own mental health, promote positive wellbeing and raise awareness in the people around them. By giving delegates the tools to have these conversations, they are empowered to create a mentally healthy, supportive environment in their higher education establishment.
Discuss aspects of this course with us
If you would like to discuss any aspect of this training course please contact Alastair Taylor on Tel: 0845 548 8054 or e-mail: [email protected]
- Adult Mental Health First Aid Course
- Mental Health First Aid LITE
- Mental Health Awareness Training for Managers
- Mental Health Awareness Training for all Employees
What people say about In Equilibrium
“The Trainer was brilliant – extremely knowledgeable, had lots of examples of experience and was really engaging – I wanted to know more.”
“After the success of the MHFA programme with our customer facing staff we are excited at the MHFA lite option for our office staff, volunteers and tenants groups”