Harmless Trainer Talks, Self Harm, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Training

I have now completed my first deliveries of ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) and wanted to share how these went.

So ASIST was delivered at the end of July and was an enjoyable and positive experience. I feel it was well received by the delegates and that they really engaged with the process over the 2 days.

There were of course challenges given the topic, but as a group we worked together to overcome these challenges and everyone was supported and supportive throughout what is an extremely emotive experience. There were laughs and tears, which is perfectly normal in ASIST. It is an opportunity to share personal experiences in a safe and confidential environment.

As a Trainer, it is extremely important to value and respect everyone’s contributions and allow time for reflection. It is also important to create a safe learning environment where delegates feed confident and at ease to fully participate. I feel overall, myself and my co –facilitator managed this, ensuring each individual got the best experience they could while being both challenged and supported.  I am looking forward to my next delivery on 7th and 8th September.

MHFA was delivered two weeks ago and will be delivered on 26th and 27th August, which I am looking forward to. Again, I found this delivery really enjoyable. There are a range of activities which ensure participant engagement and most importantly allow delegates the opportunity to interact with peers and discuss mental health in depth through group and paired discussions. MHFA really is a good opportunity to learn the skills the support individuals in crisis and share knowledge and experience in a safe and secure learning environment.

I feel the delegates fully engaged in what is quite an interactive session and found it re-affirming and thought provoking throughout.

For both ASIST and MHFA there was a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience in the room. This can make for challenging deliveries in terms of delegates being afraid to say or do the wrong thing in front of other professionals. However, I felt a huge amount of respect for each and every individual as they all had the courage to contribute and share resulting in an extremely positive delivery for both ASIST and MHFA

If you would like any more information regarding ASIST and MHFA training, or would like to book a place, please contact us at training@harmless.org.uk, alternatively you can call the office on 0115 934 8445.

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