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Funding available to train 1 million in mental health "first aid"


Tagged In:  Mental Health

Up to one million people will be trained in basic mental health ‘first aid’ skills thanks to a new £15m programme which has been launched by Public Health England. 




The campaign has been designed to not only help people learn techniques to reduce stress and assess their own mental wellbeing, but will also include an online module to knowledge, skills and confidence relating to mental health. It is hoped that mental health first aid skills will be regarded as a “skill for life” so that people can recognise and respond to signs of mental illness effectively.  

Launching in Autumn 2018 and scheduled to last for three years, the campaign will work closely with mental health organisations and Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) to ensure the training fits with the knowledge of the sector. 

Speaking of the funding, Prime Minister Theresa May says “I want to use the power of government as a force for good to transform the way we deal with mental health problems right across society, and at every stage of life.”

We’ve previously written about the launch of Mental Health First Aid Kits in South Yorkshire, but we want to know what you think about basic mental health awareness being viewed as a life skill. Let us know your thoughts via the comment box below, or send us a tweet to @SanctuaryMH

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Andrew akpeji, 06 November 2017, 08:38 PM
Am interested in learning new skill
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