Ambassadors

Mental Health First Aid Training

Training will be provided in 12-person sessions every 8 weeks or subject to demand.  Students will complete training and be presented with a Youth MHFA certificate on behalf of MHFAE.  This will lead to the provision of:

 

Mental Health Ambassadors (MHAs)

  • Train the trainer – Student Life has Mental Health First Aid England trained, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainers to deliver Youth MHFA training courses (Ambassador training) to students
  • Mental Health Ambassadors – Student Life will ask for volunteers in each school year group to put themselves forward for MHFA training.  As at the end of 2019, over 150 students had already volunteered to be peer Ambassadors
  • MHFA training – training will be provided in 10-person sessions every 8 weeks or subject to demand.  Students will complete training and be presented with a Youth MHFA certificate
  • Living Works Suicide prevention training – once students are trained in MHFA they will then be trained by Living Works in a 90 minute suicide prevention talk and be presented with a certificate.
  • MH Ambassadors will stage an initial support meeting with the school Student Support staff member(s).  The school MHFA policy will be discussed and the role of the MH Ambassador will be clearly outlined reflecting the content of the workshop.  The school MHFA policy will be amended to reflect the work of the Ambassador
  • No other organisation in the country offers peer-to-peer MH training or support in any educational environment
  • 160 schools, colleges and universities will host an MHA by the end of 2021
  • Young people from school year 10 and above will benefit from access to at least one peer from within their year group, who will offer support and guidance through 1-2-1 discussion and through spotting early warning signs and signposting to additional, third party support

If you are interested in becoming a Mental Health Ambassador, then please get in contact.

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