Published 25 April 2022

Great free training opportunity for VCS staff or volunteers - either a 4-hour introductory session for Mental Health Awareness, or a 2-day course to qualify you as a Mental Health First Aider.

The introductory Awareness course will cover:

  • What mental health is, and how to challenge stigma
  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing
  • Confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue

The 2 day course provides:

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support - whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix

Both courses are being delivered as both in-person and virtual sessions, and all are free for Community Southwark members.