Mental Health First Aid Training

What is on offer?

In 2024-25 the Midlands Finance Academy will fund 14 individuals to undertake Mental Health First Aid Training.

The training is a two-day online course, delivered by Arden and GEM CSU and accredited by Mental Health First Aid England. Click here for more information.

There is no stipulation on number of places per system. However, if one organisation or one system puts in a high percentage of the overall applications then this will be discussed and reviewed by the Midlands Academy’s NHS of the future group.

Any applicants who don’t receive the funding in 2024-25 will be put on a waiting list to undertake the training in 2025-26 if the funding is renewed.

What is a Mental Health First Aider?

A Mental Health First Aider is qualified to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. This might be a work colleague who is in difficulty, or it might be someone outside the workplace. The Mental Health First Aider has been trained to listen, reassure, and respond, even in a crisis.

Mental Health First Aiders are important to the maintenance of employee wellbeing. A Mental Health First Aider has been trained in proven techniques, using course materials that were developed with clinical practitioners. Everything taught on the course reflects people’s real lived experiences of poor mental health or mental discomfort.

Who can apply?

These funded places are specifically for those who have not done this training before.

In order to be allocated a funded place on the course, you must be:

How do I apply?

Complete the form on the link below

The deadline for applications is Friday 13 September 2024. You will be told whether you have been allocated a place on the course by Friday 27 September.

Apply here

Course details

The two-day course will take place online on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 October 2024. The session starts at 9am and finishes by 4pm each day, with morning and afternoon breaks and an hour break for lunch.

The course strengthens a participant’s confidence in supporting people with mental health issues, meaning that a Mental Health First Aider can help to support a workplace effectively.

After the course, support for a Mental Health First Aider is ongoing.  Mental Health First Aid England (the awarding body) regards it as crucial that a Mental Health First Aider stays effective, confident and motivated to help their colleagues. On course completion, the Mental Health First Aider becomes part of a workplace wellbeing community, with access to 24/7 digital support, as well as training resources and ongoing learning and development opportunities.

Those who complete the training will be asked to make themselves available to colleagues in their organisation, but also wider to finance colleagues within their Integrated Care System.

Contact becky.vine@hfma.org.uk for any queries.