Mental Health First Aiders
By having trained Mental Health First Aiders in College we aim to support the wellbeing of both our staff and students.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help offered to a person developing a mental health issue, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health issue or in a mental health crisis.
The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received or until the crisis appears to have been resolved.
The aims of mental health first aid are to:
- Preserve life where a person may be a risk of harm to themselves or others.
- Provide help to prevent the mental health issue from becoming more serious.
- Promote recovery of good mental health
- Provide comfort to a person with a mental health issue.
"Mental health is a normal part of life. In any one year, one in four of us will experience a mental health issue. But long-standing stigma means that many of us have a limited understanding of how to look after our own mental health and that of the people we care for."
Poppy Jaman CEO MHFA England
Mental Health First Aid is typically offered by someone who is not a mental health professional but rather by someone in the person’s social network.
A mental health first aider is trained to spot the early signs of a mental health issue, how to provide initial help and how to guide a person towards appropriate treatment and other sources of supportive help. They are NOT trained to provide a diagnosis or therapy.
Who are our Mental Health First Aiders?
Get in Touch
Our trained Mental Health First Aiders are on hand to help you, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with them. Room 204 (Second Floor Oxford Road Wing) has been allocated as a one-to-one room and can be used for anyone wanting to chat to a Mental Health First Aider in confidence. The room does not need to be booked in advance and has open access for anyone who would like to use it.