Secondary school staff get mental health 'first aid' training
July 6, 2017
The Department for Health has announced £200,000 of funding for a mental health ‘first aid’ training programme to help secondary school teachers identify and respond to the early signs of mental health issues in young people. The funding will initially cover 1,000 staff and will to be extended in years 2 and 3 to cover all schools in England. The Youth Mental Health First Aid One Day course will be delivered by the charity Mental Health First Aid (MHFA).
Teachers participating in the one-day programme will receive advice on how to identify and deal with “issues such as depression and anxiety, suicide and psychosis, self-harm, and eating disorders”. Those participating in the programme will be invited to become a Youth MHFA Champion to share their knowledge and experiences across schools and to act as an advocate for mental health awareness.