Mental Health First Aid Training - Blackpool

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.

Important: This event is only for people who are officially designated as Mental Health First Aiders (or waiting to become one) in your Department. You will need your line manager’s approval that your department will pay the cost for the course and any travel.  Please check your department's policies towards MHFA (or equivalent) training - some areas of the country and some departments have their own arrangements for describing and training in Mental Health awareness and support e.g. MH Advocate, Ally, Ambassador, Buddy or Champion. Your department may have its own training courses or programme in place. 

The usual cost of this 2 day training course is £300. The Charity for Civil Servants will be running the training at a significantly reduced rate of £100.

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

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

Event details: Blackpool, Peel Park 8 and 9 May.



If you would like to attend the Mental Health First Aid training, please request a booking form by emailing Paul 

Please note: This event will only hold up to 16 people so it will be oversubscribed with so many departments in the region. We may need to limit the number of applications from single departments to ensure coverage across departments. Please express your interest by close of business on 16 April.


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  1. Comment by G Woodworth posted on

    A couple of colleagues did not know about this event - are any future ones planned?

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      Comment by Paul Bruzzese posted on

      Later in the year DWP are going to putting on their own events for their own staff which will be offered via DWP. They want staff in DWP in the North-West to go on these as they are zero cost as they will be delivered in house.
      In terms of a CS Local event it is unlikely that there will be another one before November / December at the very earliest as the Charity for Civil Servants only offer a limited number for CS Local across the entire country.
      Please advise your colleagues to sign up for our Blog and Social Media channels to make sure they don't miss out on development opportunities in the future.
      Kind Regards,

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        Comment by G Woodworth posted on

        All good advice!

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        Comment by ali Wilkinson posted on

        Hi Paul , I have put my name forward for the in house North West course but it will not take place until February 2019. This isn't ideal as there are no qualified MHFA's in Phase One Peel Park or in the whole of Digital. Could you advise if you are holding any before the year is out?
        Thank you

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          Comment by Paul Bruzzese posted on


          Glad the direct reply I sent you helped with your query.