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Mental health training

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.

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

Course dates:

  • 20 June 2019 at Chesterfield
  • 27 June 2019 at Stonebroom
  • 13 August 2019 at Alfreton

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

To book a place email: mental.health.training@derbyshire.gov.uk

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 is 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 is 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.

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 is 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.

Course dates:

  • 13 and 20 June 2019 at Swadlincote
  • 13 and 20 June 2019 at Alfreton
  • 8 and 19 July 2019 at Bolsover

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

Organisations (within and from outside of Derbyshire) who do not meet criteria for free mental health first aid - adult training are welcome to purchase individual places or whole courses (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

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.

Course dates:

  • 17 and 24 June 2019 at Buxton
  • 19 and 26 June 2019 at Chesterfield
  • 3 and 10 September 2019 at Chesterfield

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

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