Would you like to join the Harmless & Let’s Talk Training team?

We are currently recruiting for the following position to join our Let’s Talk Training team on a sessional basis:

MHFA Trainer (Bank Staff)

The deadline for applications is 30th June 2017, with interviews to take place  w/c 24th July 2017

For an application form and job description, or for more information please email admin@harmless.org.uk or call 0115 934 8445 (admin line only). Please include the job title you are applying for in your email.

 

JOB TITLE: MHFA Trainer

Hours: Bank Staff

Remuneration:

  • £150 per day (£300 per 2-day delivery)
  • 25p per mile travel
  • Hotel accommodation for night of Day one (Booked By Harmless)

 

IMPORTANT: FULL DRIVERS LICENSE AND OWN CAR ESSENTIAL FOR THE ROLE 

This role will be ideal for those who have recently qualified to become MHFA instructors.

DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Deliver MHFA training on behalf of Harmless and its associated projects to external parties including (but not limited to) external organisations, school, professionals and carers.
  • A willingness to offer personal experience during training delivery by sharing own experiences of distress (and/or self harm) and recovery (in line with Harmless’ service user led ethos)
  • A willingness to travel (nationwide) with occasional overnight stay as required.
  • Represent Harmless in a professional manner at all times
  • Deliver training against agreed learning outcomes
  • Develop and maintain training content in line with changes in the field and to the highest standard upon negotiation with the Harmless Management Team
  • Maintain excellent professional relationships with delegates and/or organisations with a view to secure future training opportunities
  • Be an integral part of the booking process with support from the administration team
  • To ensure all data collection tools are used to monitor and improve upon training delivery
  • Ensure training materials are appropriate for delegates requirements
  • Report to Harmless management regularly about the progress of training and address any issues that may arise, recording relevant statistics where required.
  • Promote the work of Harmless in a positive manner and recommend resources and alternative training opportunities where possible.
  • Maintain excellent relationships with delegates and/or organisations before, during and after training delivery
  • To work with Harmless management in continuously improving Harmless’ training packages including (but not limited to) current content, delivery methods, course materials and handouts, booking process.
  • To work with Harmless management in designing and delivering new training packages in order to meet current demands in training, compete with other organisations and increase revenue.
  • To be aware of safeguarding issues that may arise and follow Harmless protocol in managing this.

For an application form and job description, or for more information please email admin@harmless.org.uk or call 0115 934 8445 (admin line only). Please include the job title you are applying for in your email.

Lincoln: Upcoming training dates

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
15hrs CPD

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize 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.

  Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

CPD Accredited

Our two day Adult MHFA course is an internationally recognised course. After taking it, you will be able to:

  • Recognise the symptoms of mental health issues
  • Provide initial help
  • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help

 MHFA won’t teach you how to be a therapist, but once you’ve completed the two day course you will be able to say you’re a Mental Health First Aider.

Level 2: Intermediate Self harm training
7hrs CPD

Our self harm is designed and delivered to the highest standard and specialism in the field of self harm. Developed in collaboration with service users, the broad learning experiences and outcomes will be tailored to delegate need.

Learning themes include:

  • Awareness raising
  • Stigma & Discrimination
  • Risk indicators
  • Brief interventions
  • Recovery 

Harmless are looking for Youth MHFA Instructors to join our team on a Sessional basis

We are currently recruiting for the following position to join our Let’s Talk Training team on a sessional basis:

Youth MHFA Intructor (Bank Staff)

For an application form and job description, or for more information please email info@harmless.org.uk or call 01159 348445 (admin line only). Please include the job title you are applying for in your email.

 

JOB TITLE: Youth MHFA Instructor

Hours: Bank Staff

Remuneration: £150 per day (£300 per 2-day delivery) plus expenses (Negotiable)

 

IMPORTANT:  FULL DRIVERS LICENSE AND OWN CAR ESSENTIAL FOR THE ROLE

This role will be ideal for those who have recently qualified Youth MHFA instructors.

DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Deliver Youth MHFA training on behalf of Harmless and its associated projects to external parties including (but not limited to) external organisations, school, professionals and carers.
  • A willingness to offer personal experience during training delivery  by sharing own experiences of distress (and/or self harm) and recovery (in line with Harmless’ service user led ethos)
  • A willingness to travel (nationwide) with occasional overnight stay as required.
  • Represent Harmless in a professional manner at all times
  • Deliver training against agreed learning outcomes
  • Develop and maintain training content in line with changes in the field and to the highest standard upon negotiation with the Harmless Management Team
  • Maintain excellent professional relationships with delegates and/or organisations with a view to secure future training opportunities
  • Be an integral part of the booking process with support from the administration team
  • To ensure all data collection tools are used to monitor and improve upon training delivery
  • Ensure training materials are appropriate for delegates requirements
  • Report to Harmless management regularly about the progress of training and address any issues that may arise, recording relevant statistics where required.
  • Promote the work of Harmless in a positive manner and recommend resources and alternative training opportunities where possible.
  • Maintain excellent relationships with delegates and/or organisations before, during and after training delivery
  • To work with Harmless management in continuously improving Harmless’ training packages including (but not limited to) current content, delivery methods, course materials and handouts, booking process.
  • To work with Harmless management in designing and delivering new training packages in order to meet current demands in training, compete with other organisations and increase revenue.
  • To be aware of safeguarding issues that may arise and follow Harmless protocol in managing this.

 

For an application form and job description, or for more information please email info@harmless.org.uk or call 01159 348445 (admin line only). Please include the job title you are applying for in your email.

Prevention is better than cure – looking out for our next generations

We are all aware of the old saying ‘prevention is better than cure’. If we feel we are coming down with a cold, or have the start of a headache, we will intervene early to hopefully prevent it.

Within every school in the UK there is a qualified first aider to hand, in case of physical illness or injury. There is a preventative measure in place should young people need physical first aid help during their time in the learning environment. Their wellbeing and safety is very much considered in this regards. There are effective interventions and systems in place that can be utilised quickly and easily.

Although there have been some positive changes in recent years, when it comes to mental health, this is more often than not ignored. It is the invisible illness with so much uncertainty and negativity still surrounding it.

How often do we come across mental health first aiders in schools?

Unfortunately, not very often at all.

Although we would like to have the same preventative measures applied to mental health as we have in place for physical health, this frustratingly is not the case.

From a recent article from Dr David A Lee, Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist, discussing the importance of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in schools, states;

‘it is fundamental that early warning signs of mental health are detected at an early rate in children and adolescents so that prompt action can be taken to ensure helpful support and appropriate treatment. Unfortunately, this is not our reality at present’

This really does bring to the forefront that early intervention is what is needed. We need to be proactive, not reactive.

It is stated within the same article that;

‘5% of adolescents suffer from depression at any one time and 20% will experience depressive symptoms by the time they enter childhood. To add to this, approximately 10-15% of children or adolescents have one or more diagnosable anxiety disorder.’

It is also discussed that eating disorders are on the increase, particularly in young females.

Why as a society are we not more concerned about the rise of mental health issues in our young people?

Emotional wellbeing should be at the forefront when supporting young people. Mental health training should be provided for frontline workers supporting and working with children and adolescents.

Anyone can be trained in mental health and anyone can respond to those in distress.

Why should we let individuals get to such high levels of distress, before we step in, when we all know, and likely use that famous saying ‘prevention is better that cure’

By having trained staff within each and every school, caregivers can detect warning signs of possible mental ill health and ensure that early intervention is implemented. This can be in the form of signposting, liaising with specialists in the field, seeking appropriate professional help, such as psychological treatments, or referring on to a safeguarding lead or pastoral support. While doing so, it is vital we work collaboratively with the individual and empower them to make their own decisions about their needs and wants.

Finally, Dr David Lee goes onto state;

While MHFA is still very much in its infancy as a concept, it offers a unique solution to the needs of schools and colleges in terms of cultivating pupil wellbeing and positive mental health, and to the early recognition of mental health problems’

If you have any training needs surrounding mental health, Harmless can provide bespoke CPD accredited training packages as well as the MHFA 2 day programme

Contact us on 0115 934 8446

Or email training@harmless.org.uk

Upcoming FREE training courses in Nottingham City

As part of the Wellness in Mind Programme commissioned by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City CCG, Harmless are delivering free workshops and training days for those who work within Nottingham City.

We will be offering for the following dates for the different workshops;

Frontline Workers

Monday 3rd October

1:00pm – 4:30pm

This workshop will focus on improving skills and confidence to recognise people with mental health problems and offer appropriate support

Managers Training

Friday 11th November

9:30am – 1:00pm

This course will examine how practical support can be provided to create an environment that is healthy for staff and promote interventions to raise awareness

MHFALite

Monday 12th December

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Mental Health First Aid Lite is an introductory mental health awareness course. Delegates will receive an MHFALite manual that they can take away with them at the end of the session and also an attendance certificate from MHFA England. 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

7th – 8th December 2016

9:30am – 4:30pm both days

Please click here for more details

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

8th – 9th February 2017

9am – 5pm both days

Please click here for more details

A certificate of attendance will be provided for all courses and workshops upon successful completion of course and evaluation.

Places are extremely limited for these popular courses, so booking early is advised

If you would like to book onto any of these training courses, or would like more information, please contact us on: 

Email: training@harmless.org.uk

Phone: 0115 934 8445

FREE Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) & Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training*

Commissioned by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City CCG as part of the Wellness in Mind training programme.

Upcoming dates for FREE ASIST and MHFA training:

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
8th & 9th November 2016
9:30am – 4:30pm

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
21st & 22nd November 2016
9:00am – 5:00pm

More dates to follow…

If you are interested in attending any of these training courses, or would like more information, please contact us at training@harmless.org.uk.

Places strictly limited, book early to avoid disappointment.

*To be eligible to receive this free training you must work in Nottingham City. Attendance to both days of the course is mandatory. Terms and conditions apply.

FREE Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) & Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training*

Commissioned by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City CCG as part of the Wellness in Mind training programme.

Upcoming dates for FREE ASIST and MHFA training;

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
LAST FEW PLACES REMAINING
13th & 14th July 2016
9:00am – 4:00pm

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
8th & 9th November 2016
9:30am – 4:30pm

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
21st & 22nd November 2016
9:00am – 5:00pm

More dates to follow…

If you are interested in attending any of these training courses, or would like more information, please contact us at training@harmless.org.uk.

Places strictly limited, book early to avoid disappointment.

*To be eligible to receive this free training you must work in Nottingham City. Attendance to both days of the course is mandatory. Terms and conditions apply.

FREE Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) & Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training*

Commissioned by Nottingham City Council and CCG, under to Wellness in Mind training programme.

Upcoming dates for FREE ASIST and MHFA training;

MHFA (Mental Health First Aid)

16th and 17th May 2016, 9:30am – 5:00pm

ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

6th and 7th June 2016, 9:00am – 5:00pm

MHFA (Mental Health First Aid)

21st and 22nd July 2016, 9:30am – 5:00pm

ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

8th and 9th September 2016, 9:00am – 5:00pm

More dates to follow

Places strictly limited, book early to avoid disappointment.

 

*To be eligible to receive this free training you must work in Nottingham City. Attendance to both days of the course is mandatory. Terms and conditions apply. 

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Co-delivered by two qualified and certified ASIST trainers, this course is designed to increase your skills, abilities and confidence in your job role to support those at risk of suicide and be better prepared to deal with those at risk.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training

MHFA is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.

To find out more or to see if you’re eligible for this free training, get in touch with Sophie Allen (Training Co-ordinator) by calling 0115 934 8445 or by emailing training@harmless.org.uk

Upcoming Lifesaving Training at Harmless

In the lead up to the festive period, a high risk time for those in distress, Harmless will be delivering training that can provide you with the skills and confidence to respond to individuals with mental health problems and at risk of suicide.

Mental Health First Aid – £200 per delegate or if booking 3 or more people, a 20% discount will be applied making each delegate place £160

On 25th and 26th November, we will be running Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training. MHFA is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health. By completing this course it will develop your skills, abilities and confidence in being able to support individuals with a range of mental health conditions.

The course is split into 4 manageable chunks. These are;

  • What is mental health
  • Suicide
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Psychosis

In each section you will learn how to;

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health problem
  • Feel confident helping someone experiencing a mental health problem
  • Provide help on a first aid basis
  • Help prevent someone hurting themselves or others
  • Help stop a mental illness from getting worse
  • Help someone recover faster
  • Guide someone towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems

What are the main benefits of MHFA for me?

MHFA will give you the skills to be able to support individuals with mental conditions in crisis. While you will be unable to diagnose mental health conditions, MHFA teaches you how to recognise symptoms of mental ill health, how to support someone in crisis using an effective model and the support networks available to someone with mental ill health. You will also learn that recovery is likely and indeed possible.

 

 

 

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

On the 10th and 11th December we will be delivering Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

This will be charged at a one off, special reduced rate of £150 per delegate (usually £250)

Who is ASIST for?

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.

We mean it when we say that ASIST is for everyone. Virtually anyone aged 16 and older can learn the skills to intervene and save a life from suicide. Professionals as well as members of the community at large have all found great value in ASIST over the years.

Many professionals attend ASIST because suicide intervention skills are essential for their work. In many organisations, ASIST is a mandatory component of training. Nurses, physicians, mental health professionals, pharmacists, teachers, counsellors, youth workers, police, first responders, correctional staff, school support staff, clergy, and volunteers have all found that ASIST complements their existing training and knowledge.

Other people attend simply because they want to be able to help someone in need, in much the same way they might learn CPR. Because the training is comprehensive and doesn’t rely on prior qualifications, they can have the same meaningful experience as a professional caregiver.

ASIST has saved and changed hundreds of thousands of lives around the world.

What are the main benefits of attending ASIST training?

Here is what you can expect at your ASIST training:

  • ASIST is held over two consecutive days for a total of 15 hours.
  • ASIST is based on principles of adult learning. It values participants’ experiences and contributions and encourages them to share actively in the learning process.
  • ASIST workshops always have a minimum of two active ASIST trainers present for the entire two days. If there are more than 30 participants, there will be at least three trainers. Workshops over 45 participants are not recommended and should be split into two separate sessions instead.
  • Trainers show two award-winning videos in the course of the workshop. Cause of Death? provides a common starting point for the discussion of attitudes about suicide, while two versions of It Begins with You illustrate the process of a suicide intervention.
  • Some parts of ASIST take place with all participants together, and others take place in a smaller work group. This helps create a balance between safety and challenge. Participants need not disclose personal experiences to the whole group.
  • Local resources are provided and their availability in the community is discussed.
  • Participant materials include a 20-page workbook, wallet card, and stickers. Participants also receive a certificate upon completing the workshop.

 

What does ASIST cover?

There are 5 key stages of ASIST;

  • Preparing – Sets the tone, norms and expectations of the learning experience.
  • Connecting – Sensitizes participants to their own attitudes towards suicide. Creates an understanding of the impact that attitudes can have on the intervention process.
  • Understanding – Overviews the intervention needs of a person at risk. It focuses on providing participants with the knowledge and skills to recognize risk and develop safe plans to reduce the risk of suicide.
  • Assisting - Presents a model for effective suicide intervention. Participants develop their skills through observation and supervised simulation experiences in large and small groups.
  • Networking - Generates information about resources in the local community. Promotes a commitment by participants to transform local resources into helping networks.

 

Where can I find more information or book on the course?

For more information about our ASIST  and MHFA training or to book please contact Harmless and ask for Sophie Allen (Training coordinator, ASIST & MHFA trainer).

Telephone: 0115 934 8445

Emailtraining@harmless.org.uk or

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training – Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th November 2015

MHFA – Mental Health First Aid Training

Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th November 2015

£200* per place

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

MHFA is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health. By completing this course it will develop your skills, abilities and confidence in being able to support individuals with a range of mental health conditions.

The 2 day workshop will be delivered by a fully trained, certified MHFA Trainer.

 

Where can I find more information or book on the course?

To book on this course via our online shop, please click here.

For more information about our MHFA training or to book please contact Harmless and ask for Sophie Allen (Training coordinator, ASIST & MHFA trainer).

Email: training@harmless.org.uk or
Telephone: 0115 9348445
Date(s): 25th and 26th November 2015
Times: 9am until 5pm (both days)
Training Location: Harmless, NCVS, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FB

Please note: Attendance on both days of the workshop is mandatory

Refreshments, lunch and all resources will be provided on both days of the workshop.

Certificate for  each delegate upon completion

 

The course is split into 4 manageable chunks. These are;

  • What is mental health
  • Suicide
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Psychosis

In each section you will learn how to;

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health problem
  • Feel confident helping someone experiencing a mental health problem
  • Provide help on a first aid basis
  • Help prevent someone hurting themselves or others
  • Help stop a mental illness from getting worse
  • Help someone recover faster
  • Guide someone towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems

 

How will I learn?

The MHFA course usually takes place over 2 full days. However the delivery of this course is very flexible and may be delivered over a number of sessions.

The sessions will be a mix of presentations, group discussions and group work activities. Your instructors will provide a very safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in certain bits, then don’t, we won’t make you do something you aren’t comfortable with.

Due to some of the sensitive subjects of our courses, including suicide, we limit numbers to 16 people. We want everyone to feel safe and our instructors can help if people find some bits particularly difficult.

You’ll receive and MHFA Standard manual that you can take away with you at the end of the course and also an attendance certificate from MHFA England to say you are now a Mental Health First Aider.

What are the main benefits of MHFA for me?

MHFA will give you the skills to be able to support individuals with mental conditions in crisis. While you will be unable to diagnose mental health conditions, MHFA teaches you how to recognise symptoms of mental ill health, how to support someone in crisis using an effective model and the support networks available to someone with mental ill health. You will also learn that recovery is likely and indeed possible.

Why is MHFA beneficial to my organisation?

1 in 4 adults will experience a mental health problem each year. It is therefore very likely that someone you know, whether it be a friend, family member, colleague, client or an employee is likely to experience a mental condition, such as depression or anxiety disorders. Sometimes we don’t spot the signs immediately, however the sooner the person can receive professional support, the less likely they are to develop more serious long term problems.

Attending the training will help you in dealing with difficult situations as you will have more understanding and empathy about mental health conditions. Through the training we hope to reduce stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health by raising awareness of a range of conditions. Training staff as Mental Health First Aiders in your organisation indicates that you take your staff and clients wellbeing extremely seriously. This can result in

  • Less staff absences
  • Improve productivity, recruitment and staff retention levels
  • Improve outcomes for those returning to work

 

Who can attend?

The course is simply for anyone. All that we ask is for you to be above the age of 16. This is due to some of the content being quite sensitive and can be upsetting to some. We want to ensure that we create a safe and suitable learning environment for all out attendees.

*Book three delegates or more and received a discounted rate of £160 per delegate.