Mental Health First Aid training – Hackney (Young Black Men’s Programme)
London Borough Hackney (Public Health)’s Young Black Men Programme is funding Rethink Mental Illness to deliver free Mental Health First Aid training to organisations and individuals who support Young Black Men and Boys in the Borough.
If you are an individual or represent an organisation that works to support Young Black Men / Boys in Hackney, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange free Mental Health First Aid training.
Outcomes for Young Black Men and Boys in Hackney (as in many other areas of the country) are disproportionally worse than other groups in a range of social and educational areas.
The early identification of and support with mental ill health in Young Black Men and Boys is one important factor which has been identified as significantly contributing to inequality of outcomes
London Borough Hackney (Public Health) is investing in addressing this inequality through its Young Black Men Programme of which one part is the Mental Health First Aid training programme Rethink Mental Illness has been commissioned to deliver to front line professional and community members who support Young Black Men and Boys.
Through delivery of the training, the programme aims to increase front line staff and community members’ ability to identify signs of potential mental ill health in Young Black Men and Boys early, offer initial support and signpost to further appropriate support.
Rethink Mental Illness and London Borough Hackney are united in their desire to support better outcomes for Young Black Men and Boys, and address inequality of outcomes from these groups in relation to mental health
The free training courses offered under this programme are:
Mental Health First Aid [MHFA] (Adult / Standard)
2 days long – for anyone supporting Young Black Men / Boys
This course equips participants in a similar way to a physical first aid course, teaching participants how to give initial support to someone experiencing a mental health problem until professional treatment can be accessed.
You will learn to recognise early signs of mental health problems and respond appropriately to assist people in your community, family or workplace. You will gain practical skills to offer initial support to someone experiencing and mental health problem, while keeping yourself safe. You will also be provided with local service information so that you can feel confident assisting someone to get the right support.
For more details about the content of the course, see: www.mhfaengland.org/adult-mhfa
Youth Mental Health First Aid [YMHFA]
2 days long – for anyone supporting 8-18 year old Young Black Men and Boys
This course delivers the same principals as the adult course, but is for anyone who teaches, works with, lives with or cares for young people (8-18). It will also cover other topics specific to young people that include child, adolescent and family psychosis, bullying/cyber bullying and promoting protective factors and good parenting.
For more details about the content of the course, see:
Mental Health First Aid Lite
½ a day long – for people who can’t commit to the two day training
For more details about the content of the course, see:
To book a course (or for more information):
Please contact the External Training Team at email@example.com or call 020 7840 3069
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the course certificated?
Yes, on completion of any of the above courses, you will be issued with a certificate by MHFA England which is recognised in a number of countries internationally.
Please be aware that certificates are issued by MHFA England, not Rethink Mental Illness. Certificates can take up to 6 weeks following completion of the course to come through.
Who are the trainers?
Rethink Mental Illness has a team of experienced professional trainers who deliver the training sessions. All trainers are accredited by MHFA England as Instructors.
Training is also supported by Experts By Experience (black men with experience of managing mental health difficulties) who assist trainers by sharing their experiences with participants. If you are a black man in Hackney and are interested in becoming an Expert By Experience (paid role) please get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org
What else do I need to know?
Adult and Youth MHFA training courses are run over two days. Unless otherwise stated programmes will start promptly at 9am and finish at 5/5:30pm.
The start time for MHFA Lite courses varies, but the course take 3-3.5 hours to complete.
You need to attend 100% of any course to complete it and receive a certificate.
Delegates will receive a high-quality MHFA or YMHFA manual and workbook, or MHFA Lite handbook.
Why do Mental Health First Aid training?
There is widespread ignorance of mental ill health in the general population and there is the associated stigma too. For some the stigma can lead to delays in people seeking help and support.
There is also a lack of confidence in what to do if someone is distressed or in a crisis situation.
MHFA is a response to this with the aim of improving mental health literacy throughout communities, with the belief that mental health crises, such as suicidal and self-harming actions, can sometimes be avoided by early intervention.
Want to know more?
Contact the External Training Team at email@example.com or 020 7840 3069
We can also provide quotations to deliver Mental Health First Aid and other mental health-related courses nationally outside Hackney. Please visit www.rethink.org/training or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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