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Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training

Youth Mental Health First Aid training

Training is delivered by Primary Mental Health Workers in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Overview

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are for everyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18. They will teach you the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, you can speed up a young person’s recovery and stop a mental health issue from getting worse. The courses teaches how to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis - and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

Aims of Youth MHFA

  • To preserve life where a young person may be in danger to themselves or others.
  • To provide help to prevent the mental health problem developing into a more serious state.
  • To promote the recovery of good mental health.
  • To provide comfort to a young person experiencing a mental health problem.
  • To raise awareness of mental health in the community.
  • To reduce stigma and discrimination.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the training participants will have:

  • an in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect young people’s wellbeing

  • practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues

  • confidence to step in, reassure and support a young person in distress

  • enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening

  • knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support - whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix

Please note for the courses below, participants must attend both dates to complete the training.

Blackpool CCG

Please visit https://www.blackpoolsafeguarding.org.uk/training-events/youth-mental-health-first-aid for information.

Fylde and Wyre CCG

Please contact Elizabeth.Loftus@lancashirecare.nhs.uk for information.

Morecambe Bay CCG (North Lancashire only)

Dates: Thursday 19 and Friday 20 March 2020, 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Location: Lancaster.

Please contact either Sam.Harding@lancashirecare.nhs.uk, wendy.hart@lancashirecare.nhs.uk orJoy.Holmes@lancashirecare.nhs.uk for information.

Morecambe Bay CCG (South Cumbria only)

Dates:Wednesday 4 and Monday 9 March 2020, 9am – 5pm

Location: Barrow Fire Station.

This course is for school staff only and must booked via CCC School Development website.

There will be another of the 2 day courses running in Kendal in the summer term for school and non-school staff. Dates are still to be confirmed for this course.

Please contact nikki.swan@barnardos.org.uk for information.

Blackburn with Darwen CCG

Please contact Helen.Capstick@elht.nhs.uk for information.

East Lancashire CCG

This training is provided by the ELCAS Primary Care Team.

The course is now FULL. Please contact aliki.mavraki@elht.nhs.uk for enquiries. 

Chorley and South Ribble CCG

The above course is now FULL. Please contact Michelle.Taylor2@lancashirecare.nhs.uk for details about the course content and future dates.

AMBIT Training

What is AMBIT? 

AMBIT stands for Adaptive Mentalization-Based Integrative Treatment.

In the briefest terms, AMBIT is:

  • A mentalisation-based approach, designed for teams and services who work with clients presenting with multiple and complex problems. It was developed with a focus on those for whom help-seeking, or using conventional forms of help, can be particularly difficult.
  • AMBIT works to support services in developing systems of care adapted to their own specific context and client group. The range of problems that AMBIT-influenced services address are varied, there may be many different treatment aims - addressing the young person's fundamental relationship to help is often one of the core treatment aims shared by the many services that use or adapt this approach.

Please note, AMBIT isn’t about ‘re-inventing the wheel’, the approach aims to build on what is already working well.

AMBIT tools and techniques

The AMBIT wikimanual provides a range of practical tools, techniques and videos to support services who work with this client group: https://manuals.annafreud.org/ambit-lancs/index.html

FREE AMBIT training is available for members of the children and young people’s workforce across Lancashire and South Cumbria. We have trained AMBIT instructors in each area who are able to deliver training tailored to the needs of organisations; this can be a 1-2 hour taster session, half day or full day training. Please contact ruth.threlfall@morecambebayccg.nhs.uk for further information and to put you in contact with a local AMBIT instructor.

Lancashire Emotional Health in Schools Service (LEHSS)

Lancashire Emotional Health in Schools Service (LEHSS)

This service is a joint initiative between Lancashire County Council (LCC) and Lancaster University, funded by LCC Public Health to provide training and support to Lancashire schools and colleges around children’s mental health issues.

Bookings and delivery co-ordination of this training is being managed by PAC, and the schools champion partner on this project is Thomas Whitham Sixth Form, Burnley.

These courses are part of a comprehensive suite of sessions providing relevant training for the ‘Designated Mental Health Lead’ role in schools, as outlined in the recent government Green Paper.

Who is providing the training?

The training is provided by the LEHSS. The training will be led by Dr. Richard Slinger, LEHSS Service Lead and his team within Lancaster University. Richard is an experienced clinical psychologist with many years’ experience of working in NHS CAMHS and child psychology services, and extensive experience of working collaboratively with schools.

Who is it for?

These sessions are aimed at staff from primary and secondary schools, college staff, especially SENCOs, pastoral leads, mentors, or any other staff with specific responsibility for pupils’ emotional health. It is particularly relevant for schools developing a ‘Designated Lead for Mental Health’ role.

In order to be eligible to apply for a free place to attend the training delivered by LEHSS you must be employed by a primary/secondary school, college or academy within Lancashire County Council (Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool are not eligible for free places).

Because places are very limited and in high demand, we do need to charge £50 per person or late cancellation and non-attendance.

Please download and complete a booking form and return form to training@p-a-c.org.uk

ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) assessing and understanding children mental health

This training day will help you learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how these impact upon the mental health of children and their families.

We will cover practical ways to identify and assess pupils’ mental health needs. You will be introduced to a range of effective methods for assessing mental health difficulties, and have opportunities to practice these during the day.

You will learn ways to effectively use the outcomes of assessments to help yourself, young people and families better understand mental health needs, as well as ways to use assessment to help inform intervention plans and requests for support from external agencies.

All slides and resources, and additional training materials, will be available to download after the session, to enable attendees to cascade the training within their school settings.

Understanding Anxiety and practical management interventions

This training day aims to increase your understanding of anxiety in young people, and introduce you to a range of methods for assessing, understanding and responding to anxiety difficulties.

You will be given practical strategies and resources to use with pupils that have been shown to be effective.

All slides and resources, and additional training materials, will be available to download after the session, to enable attendees to cascade the training within their school settings.

Using Attachment Theory to inform our work and interventions

This training day will help you learn how to better understand pupils’ behavior, relationships and emotions through using an understanding of attachment theory. We will work through case studies to apply this knowledge in order to understand pupils’ needs, and then discuss strategies staff can use to help pupils develop better relationships and engage better with school life.

All slides and resources, and additional training materials, will be available to download after the session, to enable attendees to cascade the training within their school settings.

Communicating with Young People who are Distressed, Angry or Unhappy

This training session aims to help attendees improve their knowledge and skills around working with young people who are stressed, in distress or who find communication around how they feel difficult.

There will be presentation of useful knowledge around communication as well as practical ideas and activities that can be used in school settings.

All slides and resources, and additional training materials, will be available to download after the session, to enable attendees to cascade the training within their school settings.

Understanding and Supporting Young People with Low Mood and Depression

This training day aims to increase understanding of low mood and depression in young people, and introduce you to ideas around how low mood develops, how to identify young people with mood difficulties, and the risks associated with this. We will discuss what helps, and you will be given practical strategies and resources to use with pupils that have been shown to be effective.

You will also be introduced to motivational and solution-focused approaches to talking to/working with young people, and learn how these can be helpful in improving pupils’ confidence and motivation to engage and make positive changes.

All slides and resources, and additional training materials, will be available to download after the session, to enable attendees to cascade the training within their school settings.

Lancashire and South Cumbria Suicide Prevention Training Consortium - training courses

ADVANCED SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING

These are the most specifically targeted training interventions for participants very likely to encounter, or be required to support, people expressing suicidal thoughts. They will be more appropriate for professionals with some grounding in mental health awareness (although this is not essential).

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) (provided by Every Life Matters and Papyrus)

ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognise when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don't need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

Barrow 5-6 March 2020.

Kendal 20-21 March 2020.

Book now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/every-life-matters-19933502566

Suicide Alertness Training (provided by Every Life Matters)

Explore myths and facts around suicide, when someone is at risk and how to support them, and what help is available locally and nationally.

Whitehaven 5 February, 29 April, 22 June and 14 July 2020.

Maryport 20 April and 24 June 2020.

Barrow and Carlisle dates to follow.

Book now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/every-life-matters-19933502566

ASK (Assessing for Suicide in Kids)

"ASK" Workshops specifically address suicide risk in children giving participants developmentally appropriate strategies and support tools. One day.

Kendal 10 March 2020.

Maryport 25 March 2020.

Book now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/every-life-matters-19933502566

SafeTALK (provided by Every Life Matters and Papyrus)

SafeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. SafeTALK-trained helpers can recognise these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

Kendal 20 February and 20 March 2020.

Barrow 20 February 2020.

Book now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/every-life-matters-19933502566

INTERMEDIATE TRAINING

These are a broader range of training interventions and probably more suitable for people with no grounding in mental health and suicide prevention. They also include a range of tailored interventions for people supporting individuals from particular risk groups (such as drug/alcohol or children and young people).

Understanding Self Harm (provided by Lancashire Mind)

This half day workshop will encourage you to challenge your thinking around self-harm and tackle misconceptions and myths around the subject. You will be looking at risk factors, safeguarding, harm minimisation and helpful strategies to support people who self-harm. You will walk away with knowledge of how to respond to self-harm in a helpful so to encourage engagement and support moving forward.

Supporting Student Mental Health and Resilience (provided by Lancashire Mind)

A two-hour seminar aimed at developing teacher understanding of the importance of mental health and resilience for young people, covering signs and symptoms of poor mental health, exploration of the resilience framework and the five ways to wellbeing, participant led discussion on embedding resilience in the classroom, where to signpost for help and support.

Mental Health Awareness Level One (provided by Carlisle Eden Mind)

This shorter (½ day) accredited awareness session was originally designed as an introductory course for staff and volunteers in local community groups, who want to increase their awareness and understanding of mental health issues. However it is suitable for anyone looking for a short introduction to mental health, so that they can improve their own wellbeing and be better placed to support others.

Mental Health Awareness Level Two (provided by Carlisle Eden Mind)

This longer accredited session expands on the learning from the level one intervention (but this is not a pre-requisite for doing this programme) plus much more in depth exploration of a number of specific mental health conditions and challenges:

  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Phobias

  • Depression

  • Post-Natal Depression

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Schizophrenia

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Eating Disorders

The course is approximately 2-3 days, often delivered as 6 shorter sessions.

MHFA (provided by Carlisle Eden Mind)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. In the same way as learning physical first aid, MHFA teaches people how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health and feel confident to guide someone to appropriate support. Embedding MHFA training within any organisation or community also encourages people to talk more freely about mental health, reducing stigma and creating a more positive culture.

Duration: 2 days.

MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) provided by Every Life Matters

This course will teach you how to identify, understand and help someone experiencing a mental health issue. Two days.

Kendal 6 February 2020.

Barrow 3 March 2020.

Book now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/every-life-matters-19933502566

Self Harm and Suicide Alertness Training (provided by Carlisle Eden Mind)

From December until March, Carlisle Eden Mind will be offering free training for professionals working with children and young people, which will be funded by Cumbria County Council. The training workshops will include case studies, videos and group sessions and will take place all over Cumbria.

Learning outcomes will include:

  • Examining the local and national context and being aware that self-harm and suicide are major public health issues

  • Seeking to dispel some myths about self-harm and suicide and looking at our own and societal attitudes

  • Helping colleagues to identify issues, discuss and help a young person to seek further support

  • Understanding and using the Cumbria Self-Harm Guidance & Pathway

    and being aware of other support available

  • Understanding the importance of asking directly about thoughts of suicide and the importance of safety planning    

If you are interested in taking part, have a look below at the available times and locations. For more information and to book, email training@cemind.org.

Tuesday 11 February 9.30-1pm - Workington

Tuesday 25 February 1.30-5pm - Kendal 

Monday 9 March 9.30-1pm – Carlisle

Tuesday 17 March 9.30-1pm – Whitehaven

Wednesday 25 March 9.30-1pm - Barrow

If you are unable to make it on any of these dates, free in-house sessions can also be offered. Email training@cemind.org to discuss.

Self-harm and Suicide Alertness (provided by Every Life Matters)

Self-harm and Suicide Alertness Training for people working with, or supporting, Children and Young People. Half Day.

Barrow 3 February and 6 March 2020.

Kendal 27 February and 9 March 2020.

Allerdale, Copeland and Carlisle dates to follow

For booking and more information go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/every-life-matters-19933502566.

Suicide Awareness Seminar (provided by Lancashire Mind)

This session which is currently being developed between Lancashire Mind and Carlisle Eden Mind. It is designed to be a brief impactful session to talk about suicide, responding to disclosures and share a crisis planning toolkit.

Duration: 1 hour.

Managing Mental Health in the Workplace (provided by Lancashire Mind)

Aimed at managers and supervisors, this half day training session provides a greater understanding of common mental health conditions in the workplace and what signs to look for in staff. This may be a starting point to encourage senior level buy-in or to ensure your organisation is offering a consistent approach to supporting mental health at work. Together we will be examining misconceptions and considering best practice; including asset mapping your current offer and possibly improving on it.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) (provided by Carlisle Eden Mind)

Youth MHFA courses are for everyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18. They will teach you the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, you can speed up a young person’s recovery and stop a mental health issue from getting worse. The courses teaches how to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis - and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

Duration: 2 days.

Change Talks (Lancashire and South Cumbria Foundation Trust)

Change Talks is an early intervention and prevention educational programme which runs over a course of 6 weeks. Change Talks deliver 6 x 1 hour sessions which focus on educating young people on mental health issues, causes of poor mental health and positive coping strategies for the pupils to use. Topics included are; negative thoughts and depression, self-harm, anxiety, bullying and social media. The sessions are best suited for 11-16 year olds.

Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Awareness Training (provided by Lancashire Mind)

Do you work with perinatal parents? Perhaps you're a social worker, nursery or family worker or a baby group? Did you know perinatal mental illnesses are a leading cause of maternal deaths during pregnancy and the first year after birth? This one-day Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Awareness Training will be delivered by local Champions who have been trained through the Institute of Health Visiting on behalf of North West Coast Strategic Clinical Network.

UNIVERSAL INTERVENTIONS

These are an even broader range of interventions, which include both shorter training courses and non-training interventions. Generally, these will not be directly looking to increase suicide prevention skills for the participants but addressing related issues. Hence interventions in this category will address factors making suicide and mental ill health more likely. They also include more in depth support for people providing support to individuals expressing suicidal thoughts.

Introduction to Self Harm Seminar (provided by Lancashire Mind)

This one hour seminar introduces learners to self-harm and challenges misconceptions about self harm.

Self Awareness - Stress, Anxiety and Depression (provided by Lancashire Mind)

This one-hour seminar introduces learners to the concepts of stress, anxiety and depression and helps to prevent stigma and misconceptions.

Substance Misuse and Mental Health Seminar (provided by Carlisle Eden Mind)

This three hour seminar explores the relationship between substance misuse and mental health.

Wellbeing Coaching (provided by Lancashire Mind)

This service provides 1-to-1 support for individuals who are facing challenges their own mental wellbeing, as a result of working with people disclosing suicidal ideation. Coaching provides tailored tools and strategies to improve their wellbeing.

Duration: up to 6 x 1 hour sessions.

Peer Support in The Workplace (provided by Lancashire Mind)

This course is a great starting point for organisations considering a workplace peer support offer.  Just talking to somebody can make all the difference. Peer support occurs naturally in most workplaces but giving somebody the time and tools to provide that peer support under your corporate umbrella ensures everybody has access to this valuable resource.  By reviewing Mind's peer support values, and exploring the role of a peer supporter, safeguarding, personal boundaries and self care; delegates will be able to consider how their peer support offer might look and ensure it stays within the policies and procedures of the organisation; making it both valuable and sustainable.

Duration: half day.

Group Peer Support in The Community (provided by Lancashire Mind)

This half day workshop, explores Mind’s peer support values and the skills and challenges faced providing group facilitation.  This is a great starting point for any organisation or member of the public wishing to launch a sustainable peer support group.

In-house training

Every Life Matters provides a wide range of suicide prevention and mental health training across Cumbria through our team of 7 trainers. Most of our suicide prevention training is available free of charge, and we can tailor our programmes to meet the specific needs of your team and sector. Contact us for more details info@every-life-matters.org.uk or 07908 537541.

Bookings/Enquiries

You can enquire about availability or request more information at admin@lancashiremind.org.uk and find out about the YMHFA training that your local Primary Mental Health Worker is offering here.

Positive Action in the Community training

Positive Action in the Community (PAC)

PAC are commissioned by Lancashire County Council to deliver and facilitate FREE training across Lancashire (excluding Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen). 

Contact Claire Bennett at training@p-a-c.org.uk for more information.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

An internationally recognised training programme designed specifically for those people that teach, work, live with or care for young people aged 8 – 18. Delivered as a 2-day course.

There is also a 1-day course, which is a condensed version of the 2-day course designed for professionals working in an education environment.  

https://www.p-a-c.org.uk/training/youth-mental-health-training/

Safetalk

Suicide prevention (1/2 day). An introductory 'suicide alertness' training. It helps participants recognise a person with thoughts of suicide and connect them with resources who can help them in choosing to live. Participants don’t need any formal preparation to attend the training—anyone age 15 or older who wants to make a difference can learn the SafeTALK steps. 

https://www.p-a-c.org.uk/training/youth-mental-health-training/

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Suicide prevention (2-day). ASIST is an interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—ASIST can be learned and used by anyone.

https://www.p-a-c.org.uk/training/youth-mental-health-training/

North Lancashire training

Bereavement training

All sessions taking place at Cancer Care's Slynedales.

Friday 7 February 2020. No cost.

Friday 15 May 2020. No cost.

Complete booking form

The Peace Foundation Combat Hate training

The Peace Foundation Combat Hate training is designed for teachers/youth workers to be able to use the FREE resources that will be distributed on the day.

Combat Hate is an exciting new multimedia programme ready for roll-out delivery from September 2019. Combat Hate explores contemporary challenges facing our communities, in particular, issues related to the far-right, polarisation and extremism, in the UK. It draws on first-hand experiences of people who have engaged in extreme groups, and who have been impacted by far-right extremism. 

They can offer TWO places per school/youth group on this training to be held on:

Lancaster & Morecambe, 27 May 2020

For more information and booking click here.

Blackpool Safeguarding Training

Blackpool Safeguarding Boards are now supporting HeadStart with their training administration. Blackpool Safeguarding Boards remains a multi agency training provider for professionals who work with children and their families or with vulnerable adults.

For more information and booking click here.

MindEd Training recommended by Anna Freud

These sessions are designed to introduce you to the wealth of high quality, trustworthy, education and training content on the MindEd portal. It covers universal care through to specialist content. In addition, you will be introduced to MindEd for Families. These sessions were co-created with parents specifically to support parents and carers.

For the list of available courses click here.