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

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