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Places available for Mental Health First Aid training

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At some point in our lives mental health has affected us all. It affects how we feel, how we think and also how we behave but do we recognise the symptoms in order to manage and deal with mental health effectively?

Mental Health First Aid England has approved Kath Cheer and Paul Horsman from the Charity for Civil Servants to deliver adult MHFA courses. This 2 day internationally recognised course is open to any Civil Servants and will teach you to recognise the symptoms of mental health issues, provide initial help, and will also provide information on how to guide a person towards seeking appropriate professional help.

What you will learn:

  • What is mental health?
  • Suicide and depression
  • Anxiety, eating disorders, and self harm
  • Psychosis

In each section you’ll learn how to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health issue
  • Feel confident helping someone experiencing a mental health issue
  • Provide help on a first aid basis
  • Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
  • Help stop a mental health issue from getting worse
  • Help someone recover faster
  • Guide someone towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health issues


15 – 16 August 2017. This course is for 2 full days and you must be able to attend from 9:00am to 5:00pm on both days.


Land Registry, Southfield House, Southfield Way, Durham, DH1 5TR.

The usual cost of this 2 day training course is £300 however the Charity for Civil Servants will be running the training at a reduced rate of £100 per person which will be invoiced to your finance departments.

A minimum of 16 people need to secure a place, in order for the training course to go ahead. You will need your line manager’s approval that your department will pay travel and subsistence costs, plus the £100 for the course. 

If you would like to attend the Mental Health First Aid training, please email Anne Hunter and request a booking form.

Civil Service Local is committed to ensuring that wherever possible our events are accessible to all participants. If you have any specific requirements that will enable you to fully participate, please let us know and we will endeavour to make any reasonable adjustments.


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  1. Comment by Gary Small posted on

    Are there any plans to hold additional/further courses for anyone interested in this topic but unable to attend on those dates?

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      Comment by John Mark Haskey posted on

      Gary, these courses were provided by the Charity at a reduced price specifically where we could arrange for delegates from across a range of departments in line with our aims to connect people working in geographical areas. If there is sufficient demand we will talk to the Charity about additional courses. In the meantime you can directly approach the Charity if you need to attend earlier (at their normal charge). We are also looking at providing shorter sessions with other providers which will be advertised through these blog pages.