Mental Health Ambassadors

Mental Health First Aid Training

Student Life upskills young people as mental health ambassadors across settings in Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and Kent. We know that young people benefit from access to at least one peer from within their year group, who will offer support and guidance through 1-2-1 discussions, through spotting early warning signs and signposting to additional, third party support.

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Mental Health and Wellbeing Course

Student Life has created a bespoke training package about Mental Health and Wellbeing, to be delivered as part of the RSHE curriculum for students in secondary school, and delivered in workshop format in alternative provision and NEET (not in employment, education or training) settings. There are six sessions. The first four relate to mental health: what mental health is, the mental health continuum, depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders and the support we can get around these. The 5th session is a brain and behaviour session which has been created in collaboration with global charity, Jamma International. Finally, session 6 is a Covid-19 awareness and safety session which has been created alongside Public Health England.

Become a Mental Health Ambassador (MHA)

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.

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

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