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Mental health training

This is primarily focused at staff and volunteers who aren't qualified mental health professionals. It reflects a whole-system cross-sector workforce approach to prevention and support, and reinforces that mental health is everyone's business.


Training places can fill up quickly and we may have to restrict the number of places offered to each organisation per course. All courses form part of a rolling programme with new dates being released on an ongoing regular basis.

Mental health first aid courses, which qualify you as a mental health first aider, also include skills and knowledge similar to that covered by the mental health awareness training course, as well as in-depth learning. There's no need to attend the mental health awareness training course if you've qualified as a mental health first aider.

As certain aspects of the core content of the adult and youth mental health first aid courses are similar and in high demand, we now only offer a place on either the adult or youth course. Please choose the course which is most relevant to you.

Which course is right for you?

Mental health awareness is for staff and volunteers in public-facing roles.

Suicide awareness and prevention is for staff and volunteers who are likely to be in contact with vulnerable people or people who experience mental illness.

Mental health first aid youth is for staff and volunteers who are likely to be in contact with vulnerable young people.

Mental health first aid adult is for staff and volunteers who are likely to be in contact with vulnerable adults.

Mental health first aid refresher is for people who have completed an adult or youth mental health first aid course more than 3 years ago.

Suicide bereavement training is for people who may come into contact with people bereaved by suicide.

Who can attend our mental health training for free

All the training courses are free for staff and volunteers from statutory, community or voluntary sector organisations, providing that a core part of the individual's role is working with Derbyshire county residents.

If you're from a commercial organisation that has been offered training as part of our Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Outreach and Network Project, you can also access training for free.

Free mental health training is also available (subject to criteria) from Derby City Council.

How to book a free place

To book a free place on our mental health training course please follow the instructions outlined for each course.

For other general mental health training queries please email: asch.mental.health.training@derbyshire.gov.uk

Purchasing training

Organisations (both in and outside Derbyshire) who don't meet criteria for free training are welcome to purchase 'adult mental health first aid' and 'mental health first aid youth' individual places or whole ringfenced courses from us. Both adult and youth virtual (online interactive) courses and face-to-face courses are available to purchase.

We're happy to discuss a date and delivery arrangements. For further information and cost per person, or per course, please email: asch.mental.health.training@derbyshire.gov.uk

Mental health first aid - adult

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

It's delivered as both a face-to-face and virtual (online interactive) course. The face-to-face course is 2 days long. The virtual course is generally delivered over 4 shorter sessions on different days.

This course is suitable for individuals whose role may include provision of support to adults who may have emotional distress, be at higher risk of mental health difficulties, or who have experience of mental health problems. Participants must be over 18 to attend our adult course.

Virtual mental health first aid - adult course dates

Each virtual course consists of 4 live sessions and all 4 sessions must be attended to complete the course.

The deadline for booking onto the following course is 22 August 2022:

  • 4 live sessions: 12 September (morning), 19 September (morning), 26 September (morning), 3 October 2022 (morning) - fully booked

The deadline for booking onto the following course is 19 September 2022:

  • 4 live sessions: 10 October (morning), 17 October (morning), 31 October (morning), 7 November 2022 (morning) - fully booked

Face-to-face mental health first aid - adult course dates

The deadline for booking onto the following course is 12 October 2022:

  • 2 face-to-face sessions at Chesterfield: 2 November 2022 (all day), 9 November 2022 (all day) - fully booked

The deadline for booking onto the following course is 14 October 2022:

  • 2 face-to-face sessions at Alfreton: 7 November 2022 (all day), 14 November 2022 (all day) - fully booked

Mental health first aid - youth

This 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.

It's delivered as both a face-to-face and virtual (online interactive) course. The face-to-face course is 2 days long. The virtual course is delivered over 4 shorter sessions on different days with self-learning required prior to its start and in between each session. All 4 sessions must be attended to complete the course.

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. Participants must be over 18 to attend our youth course.

Virtual mental health first aid - youth course dates

Each virtual course consists of 4 live sessions and self-learning. All 4 sessions must be attended to complete the course.

The deadline for booking onto the following course is 15 August 2022:

  • 4 live sessions: 5 September (afternoon), 9 September (afternoon), 12 September (afternoon), 16 September 2022 (afternoon) - fully booked

Face-to-face mental health first aid - youth course dates

The deadline for booking onto the following course is 3 October 2022:

  • 2 face-to-face sessions at Alfreton: 11 October 2022 (all day), 18 October 2022 (all day) - fully booked

Mental health first aid refresher course

This 4-hour course is designed to refresh your knowledge and confidence as an adult mental health first aider who has completed the adult mental health first aid course 3 or more years ago. However, anyone who has completed the youth mental health first aid course 3 or more years ago is also welcome to attend.

Participants must be over 18 to attend our refresher course and also must have previously attended a mental health first aid course which qualified them as a mental health first aider.

Virtual mental health first aid refresher course dates

The deadline for booking onto the following course is 16 September 2022 - fully booked.

Face-to-face mental health first aid refresher course dates

This course is currently unavailable.

Mental health awareness

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

The course is suitable for public-facing roles that require general mental health awareness or as an introduction to the topic of mental health. It's currently available as a virtual (online interactive) course only.

Find out mental health awareness training course dates and book a place on a virtual course date.

Suicide awareness and prevention

This training course builds general awareness and understanding of suicide, addresses stigma, provides details of resources and services and equips you with related skills. It's suitable for people who may come into contact with vulnerable individuals at risk of suicide.

It's currently available as a virtual course only. The course consists of a combination of individual e-learning and a half-day group virtual (online interactive) training session. The e-learning consists of 3 short modules which take approximately one hour to complete in total and which must be completed prior to attending group virtual (online interactive) training session.

Registration and booking of places is via Eventbrite:

Suicide bereavement training

Funded by Joined Up Care Derbyshire, this virtual (online interactive) training is for staff and volunteers from statutory, community and voluntary sector organisations, working in either Derbyshire or Derby.

The course is designed to enable participants to effectively explore and understand the following:

  • the magnitude of suicide bereavement
  • suicide loss as a unique form of complex bereavement
  • 'complicated grief', trauma, and other individual responses to suicide
  • the wider impact of bereavement on those exposed to or affected by suicide
  • the stigma and shame associated with suicide and bereavement
  • bereavement by suicide as a unique risk factor for suicide

Find out about suicide bereavement training course dates and book a place on a virtual course date.