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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aider Awareness

Mental Health First Aid empowers people to tackle signs of mental ill health in their work community. When more people are equipped with the tools they need to start a dialogue, more people can get the help they need. Mental Health First Aiders can even save lives.



What can a MHF Aider offer me?

A Mental Health First Aider will provide you with a safe space to start a confidential conversation about your mental health and signpost you to the most appropriate support.

How to find our Mental Health First Aiders?

How to find our Mental Health First Aiders?

 - We have coverage across all buildings: B-Block, D-Block, A-Block and Science Block.

 - MHF Aiders are PWTs, LSA, Support Staff and Teachers, so do ask and support will be provided.

 - Look out for departmental First Aid notices.


What is Mental Health First Aid?

For many years workplaces have had a responsibility to ensure that there are arrangements for the emergency treatment of minor to serious injuries and health problems. First aid is the initial assistance or care of a suddenly sick or injured person. The main aims of first aid are: 

  • To preserve life
  • To protect the casualty from further harm
  • To promote recovery

Mental Health First Aid is a certified course, first developed in Australia. It has an international profile in 15 countries. The English version was developed in 2007 to train volunteers on how to identify, understand, and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

MHFAiders aren’t therapists and the aim is not to diagnose or treat people but to encourage and support them to access professional help, as well as signpost them to the right place. This could include self-help books or websites, guiding people to accessing therapy services through their GP, their university or place of work, or via online self-referral, support groups, and more.

MHFAiders are trained to listen, reassure, and respond, even in a crisis – and can potentially avert a crisis from happening. They can do this by recognising warning signs, and they have the skills and confidence to approach and support someone experiencing mental ill-health. MHFAiders also have a role in supporting positive wellbeing and tackling stigma.