Upcoming Self Harm, Suicide and Mental Health Training here at Harmless

Here at Harmless we are really excited that we will be delivering MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) here in August and September respectively. (Further dates will be announced shortly)

To give you some idea about why these courses would be beneficial to you, I thought I would share some information over a blog, about when we will deliver the 2 day workshops, what the courses cover and how they will be beneficial not only to you, but those in distress due to mental ill health and those with thoughts of suicide.

We will be delivering MHFA on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th August 2015 9:00am – 5:00pm in Nottingham


To coincide with World Suicide Awareness Day (10th September) Harmless will be delivering a 2 day ASIST Workshop in Nottingham on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th September 2015 9:00am – 5:00pm

So, 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

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.

With regards to ASIST, why is it important? Developed in 1983 and regularly updated to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop, and studies have proven that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk.

Workshop features:

  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • Group discussions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety

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

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.

These courses are both 2 day workshops and attendance to both days is compulsory.

Both ASIST and MHFA are simply for anyone! Whether you are a member of a community or work in a professional manner, we mean it when we say ASIST and MHFA is for anyone. All we ask is that you are aged over 16 due to the sensitive nature of the topics being discussed.

We are pleased to be able to offer all resources, refreshments and lunch on both days of the training.

If you would like any further details of either of these workshops please contact either Sophie@harmless.org.uk or Jack@harmless.org.uk or telephone 0115 934 8445 and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Training will take place at;

Training Location:

7 Mansfield Road,
NG1 3FB.

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