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Mental health training

Following the latest advice and recommendations relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are postponing our face-to-face mental health training courses for the current time. 


Those booked onto courses have been advised of the postponement. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Further details will appear on this page in due course as to new training dates. In the meantime please see details of free online training under the heading E-learning which may be of interest.

To increase awareness, knowledge and skills across Derbyshire our work around mental health includes the Derbyshire public health training offer.

This is primarily focused at health professionals who don't work in mental health, to reflect a whole-system approach to prevention and support and to reinforce that mental health is everyone's business.

Places can fill up quickly. However, all courses form part of rolling programmes with new dates and venues across Derbyshire being released regularly across the year. Course dates are published as they become available.

We generally have to restrict the number of places offered to each organisation because of high demand.

The 2-day mental health first aid courses, in addition to in-depth learning, also include skills and knowledge similar to that covered by the mental health champion and mental health awareness training courses. There's no need to attend the mental health champion and mental health awareness training courses if you attend a 2 day mental health first aid course.

Which course is right for you?

  • Mental health champion: anyone with an interest in mental health
  • Mental health awareness: staff and volunteers who are in public-facing roles
  • Suicide awareness and prevention: staff and volunteers who are likely to be in contact with vulnerable people or people who suffer mental illness
  • Mental health first aid youth: staff and volunteers who are likely to be in contact with vulnerable young people
  • Mental health first aid adult: staff and volunteers who are likely to be in contact with vulnerable adults

Mental health champion

This is a half-day course for anyone with an interest in mental health from workplaces, community venues and organisations to provide practical skills to:

  • promote key mental health messages through, for example, displays, awareness, events and conversations
  • promote anti-stigma messages within a community or workplace

Free for individuals from workplaces, community venues and organisations in Derbyshire.

To book a place, email: mental.health.training@derbyshire.gov.uk. To avoid any delays in booking, it's essential you provide the following information:

  • course name: mental health champion
  • preferred course dates
  • participant's names
  • name of the organisation they work for
  • their job title or role
  • email address
  • contact telephone numbers

Mental health first aid - adult

This 2 day training course teaches individuals how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

It's suitable for individuals whose role may include (but does not have to be the primary purpose) provision of support to adults who may have emotional distress, be at higher risk of mental health difficulties, and who have experience of mental health problems.

It's free for individuals from statutory, community and voluntary sector organisations, a core part of whose role and service is working with Derbyshire county residents.

To book a place, email: mental.health.training@derbyshire.gov.uk. To avoid any delays in booking, it's essential you provide the following information:

  • course name: mental health first aid - adult
  • preferred course dates
  • participant's names
  • name of the organisation they work for
  • their job title or role
  • email address
  • contact telephone numbers

Mental health first aid - youth

The 2 day course teaches the skills and confidence to help spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need.

Learning takes place across 4 topics:

  • youth mental health first aid
  • depression and anxiety
  • suicide and psychosis
  • self-harm and eating disorders

Mental health first aid (youth) courses are for individuals who work with or support young people aged 8 to 18.

It's free for individuals from statutory, community and voluntary sector organisations, a core part of whose role and service is working with Derbyshire county residents or (until stated otherwise) Derby residents.

To book a place, email: mental.health.training@derbyshire.gov.uk. To avoid any delays in booking, it's essential you provide the following information:

  • course name: mental health first aid - youth
  • preferred course dates
  • participant's names
  • name of the organisation they work for
  • their job title or role
  • email address
  • contact telephone numbers

Mental health awareness

This is a half-day course designed to increase skills and confidence of staff and volunteers by giving participants a general awareness and understanding of mental health, including addressing stigma and an overview of resources and services.

It's suitable for public-facing roles that require general mental health awareness or as an introduction to the topic of mental health.

It's free for individuals from statutory, community and voluntary sector organisations, a core part of whose role or service is working with Derbyshire county residents.

Find out mental health awareness course dates and book a place.

Suicide awareness and prevention

This is half-day training to build awareness and understanding of suicide, address stigma, provide details of resources and services and equip individuals with related skills.

It's suitable for people who may come into contact with vulnerable individuals at risk of suicide.

It's free for individuals from statutory, community and voluntary sector organisations and target groups, a core part of whose role and service is working with Derbyshire county residents.

Find out suicide awareness training course dates and book a place.

Places and courses for purchase

Organisations (within and from outside Derbyshire and Derby) who do not meet criteria for free 'mental health first aid, adult' and 'mental health first aid, youth' training are welcome to purchase individual places or whole courses for up to 16 people from us.

We're happy to discuss arranging a date and venue location convenient to you. For further information and cost per person and per course please email: mental.health.training@derbyshire.gov.uk

The documents attached to this page are posters advertising mental health training that are suitable for printing.

E-learning

Psychological First Aid (PFA) digital training module

Public Health England (PHE) have launched an updated Psychological First Aid (PFA) training module, aimed at all frontline and essential workers and volunteers. The course teaches the key principles of giving psychological first aid in emergencies and aims to increase awareness and confidence to provide this support to people affected by COVID-19. PFA is a globally recognised training in emergency situations and PHE has been developed this new course as part of their national incident response, and in partnership with NHS England, Health Education England, FutureLearn and others.

The course is free, and no previous qualifications are required. By the end of the course, outcomes will include understanding how emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic can affect us, recognising people who may be at increased risk of distress and understanding how to offer practical and emotional support. The course takes around 90 minutes to complete and is also available in 3 sessions for the learner to complete at their own pace.

Suicide - Let's Talk

Supported by the Department of Health, the Zero Suicide Alliance offers a free e-learning training session, Suicide - Let's Talk, which takes around 20 minutes to do online. This training aims to enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts or behaviour, to be able to speak out in a supportive manner and to signpost them to services or support.