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Mental Health First Aid training at UCL

We offer a number of Mental Health First Aid training options available to UCL employees delivered internally and by one of our selected partners.

To ensure that each department has people who can support their colleagues, promote positive mental health and raise awareness of tools available to support own wellbeing, we offer two training options:

  • the first option is suitable for departments who want to offer training to a group of colleagues. This training is delivered by one of our external partners offering MHFA England training and the department will be charged for the session.
  • the second option is available to individual employees and is delivered by UCL Student Support and Wellbeing colleagues. This training is free, but places are limited, as only four sessions per year are provided.

So far, we have trained 136 Mental Health First Aiders. Here is some of the feedback we have received:

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“I found it really great - good mix of activities and information (activities didn't feel forced like with some other training!)
“I learnt a lot and it was very interesting to see how prevalent these mental health issues are in everyday life
“Extrermely informative and interesting course that will make a difference to me personally and the department

How to become a Mental Health First Aider

Together with Student Support and Wellbeing, we deliver a number of sessions throughout the year. These sessions are offered for free to individual employees on a first come, first served basis.

We are aware that the demand for this training is very high, and we are offering departments an option to order this training for groups of employees. We have selected a number of external partners that can deliver Mental Health First Aid training to your department at a reduced cost.

Some of the departments that already invested in mental health training for their colleagues are School of Pharmacy, Mechanical Engineering, Estates, Cancer Institute and Faculty of Medical Sciences.

About Mental Health First Aid courses

Adult Mental Health First Aid

This two day course qualifies your employees as Mental Health First Aiders, giving them:

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of a range of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress using the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support - whether through self-help resources, internal support such as EAP, or external sources such as their GP
  • An understanding of how to keep themselves safe while performing their duties

Format

  • Two day face to face course across four manageable sessions
  • Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities
  • Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn

Everyone who completes the course receives

  • A certificate of attendance to say they are a Mental Health First Aider
  • A manual to refer to whenever they need it
  • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support their own mental health

 

Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education

Our intensive 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.

This one day course qualifies people as Higher Education MHFA Champions, giving them:

  • A deeper understanding of the issues that relate to student and colleague mental health
  • Skills to spot early signs of mental ill health
  • Confidence to signpost someone to support – whether that’s through self-help resources, university counselling services, the NHS, or a mix
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness

Format

  • One day face to face course
  • Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities
  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn

Everyone who completes the course receives

  • A certificate of attendance to say they are a Higher Education MHFA Champion
  • A Higher Education MHFA manual to refer to whenever they need it
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support their own mental health
Mental Health Aware

This introductory four hour session raises awareness of mental health. Your employees will gain:

  • 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 their own mental health and maintaining wellbeing
  • Confidence to offer support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue

Format

  • Half day face to face course
  • Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities
  • We limit numbers to 20 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn

Everyone who completes the course receives

  • A certificate of attendance to say they are Mental Health Aware
  • A manual to refer to whenever they need it
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support their own mental health

Prices (per training event)

TrainingDurationCostCapacity
Adult Mental Health Firs Aid (First Aider)2 days£2,00016 people
Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education (Champion)1 day£1,20016 people
Mental Health Aware1/2 day£90020 people

Our trainers

Ian Beever

Ian MHFA

Ian Beever is a consultant, facilitator and trainer working with the public, voluntary and private sectors. Working for a diverse range of clients in the UK and Europe, Ian has been freelance for the last 16 years, winning a National Training Award in 2010 for his Community Leadership Course.

Ian is accredited by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England to deliver a suite of their courses including the two-day MHFA, HE, Mental Health Aware and the recently launched MHFA Refresher. Since November 2018, Ian has been delivering the MHFA Adults, and HE courses to employees at Loughborough University; over 160 trained to date. Most recently he has been supporting the HR and Organisational Development Team pilot a new programme to engage male employees in mental health and wellbeing activities.

Ian also lectures on health and social care policy for Kingston University on the postgraduate programmes at St. George’s Hospital in London.

Before going freelance, Ian was a CEO of a London development charity and had frontline mental health service experience as Deputy CEO of a mental health charity.

Katie Marlow

Katie MHFA

Katie is a registered social worker and Director of CAST: Learning Solutions, a leading national provider of child and adult specialist training and consultancy. She was the lead for both mental health and safeguarding training for the workforce of a large Local Authority for 6 years to 2018. Katie has designed and delivered training across these subjects for social care, police, NHS, the corporate sector as well as the charity sector since 2015, and became a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and Plenary Speaker in 2016.

As ‘Kate King’ she worked within the media, working as a freelance writer, with a weekly advice column in a local newspaper (The Telegraph and Argus - Bradford) for 3 years, as well as being a regular on the BBC Radio Leeds 'Liz Green Live' programme, contributing to phone calls and debates based on her mental health expertise.

Remaining a registered social worker, she has a varied professional history, which includes several senior and management roles in mental health services. Alongside this, Katie has trained the Isle of Man Police Force, and has worked with the local NHS Trust to roll out a Suicide Awareness Briefing she designed as a bespoke piece for them. Her most recent commission has concluded with design and delivery of training for a group of HIV Nursing Care Teams in Manchester.

She now works nationally as a MHFA England National Trainer, and as an ASIST/ SafeTALK Instructor. Her training events always receive positive feedback, with her participants rating her as 'Very Good' (highest possible) by 100% of delegates on a consistent basis.

How to book your training

Training for departments (charged at prices above)

To book a trainer for Mental Health First Aid, please contact Ian or Katie directly. Both providers are registered on the UCL finance system.

Free training for individual employees

Please check UCL Learning and Development website for current training availability.