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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. Face-to-face training will be available at venues following strict COVID-19 social distancing guidance and will also be subject to the local and national situation at time of delivery.

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 - currently unavailable
  • 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 course is currently unavailable.

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 is delivered as both a face-to-face and virtual (online interactive) course. The face-to-face course is 2-days in length, whereas 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 sessions need to be attended to complete the course.

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 or (until stated otherwise) Derby residents.

To book a place, email: asch.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 you work for
  • job or role title
  • email address
  • contact telephone numbers
  • confirmation you are able to attend all days and sessions and (in the case of virtual training) you are willing to do the self-learning
  • you have your manager's agreement to attend

Virtual mental health first aid - adult course dates

Each virtual course comprises 4 live sessions and self-learning.

The deadline for booking onto the following course is 23 November 2020:

  • 4 live sessions: 7 December (morning), 9 December (morning), 14 December (morning), 16 December 2020 (morning) - fully booked

The deadline for booking onto the following course is 23 November 2020:

  • 4 live sessions: 8 December (morning), 10 December (morning), 15 December (morning), 17 December 2020 (morning) - fully booked

The deadline for booking onto the following course is 14 December 2020:

  • 4 live sessions: 5 January (afternoon), 7 January (afternoon), 12 January (afternoon), 14 January 2021 (afternoon)

The deadline for booking onto the following course is 14 December 2020:

  • 4 live sessions: 5 January (morning), 12 January (morning), 19 January (morning), 26 January 2021 (morning)

The deadline for booking onto the following course is 14 December 2020:

  • 4 live sessions: 11 January (morning), 13 January (morning), 18 January (morning), 25 January 2021 (morning)

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

The face-to-face version of this course is currently unavailable.

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 is delivered as both a face-to-face and virtual (online interactive) course. The face-to-face course is 2 days long, whereas 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.

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: asch.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 you work for
  • job or role title
  • email address
  • contact telephone numbers
  • confirmation you are able to attend all days and sessions and (in the case of virtual training) you are willing to do the self-learning
  • you have your manager's agreement to attend

Virtual mental health first aid - youth course dates

Each virtual course comprises 4 live sessions and self-learning.

The deadline for booking onto the following course is 12 November 2020:

  • 4 live sessions: 23 November (afternoon), 30 November (afternoon), 7 December (afternoon), 14 December 2020 (afternoon) - fully booked

The deadline for booking onto the following course is 14 December 2020:

  • 4 live sessions: 8 January (afternoon), 14 January (morning), 18 January (afternoon), 21 January 2021 (morning)

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

The face-to-face version of this course is currently unavailable.

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.

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 is currently available as a virtual (online interactive) course only.

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

This course is 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.

It's currently available as an online interactive course only. The course consists of a combination of individual e-learning and a half-day group virtual 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 training.

Registration and booking of places is via Eventbrite. Online course dates:

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. Both face-to-face and virtual (online interactive) courses are available to purchase.

We're happy to discuss arranging a date for face-to-face and virtual courses and in the case of face-to-face courses a venue location convenient to you. For further information and cost per person and per course please email: asch.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.