Mental Health First Aid (HE)

MHFA Higher Education

“Healthy learners and healthy staff will increase levels of achievement, performance, productivity and reputation – helping universities conduct their core business more effectively”UK Healthy Universities Network

The challenges a university environment can bring to staff and student mental health are many and varied. Moving away from support networks for the first time, academic pressure, financial worries, rising debt and the uncertainty of the graduate job market can all trigger mental ill health or worsen existing mental health issues in students.

78% of students reported experiencing mental health issues in the last year – but less than half had sought support.

Higher Education is also a very pressured environment to work in with 66% of academics with mental health issues say their ill health is directly related to work. The long working hours, a culture of overwork, isolation, and increasing pressures from league tables means that stress and burnout is common from PhD students to vice-chancellors.

Higher Education Mental Health First Aid Training

This training can help support Universities and Colleges and individuals to manage wellbeing proactively and minimise the impact of mental ill health on work, study and life. Golden Tree CIC will work alongside you to deliver training that complements and enhances your existing wellbeing provision and strategy.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training courses teach people to spot the symptoms of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide a person towards support. The courses don’t teach people to be therapists, but they do help people become better listeners, with the skills to reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

The  intensive Higher Education mental health awareness and skills course was created in consultation with leading student mental health charity Student Minds. It was piloted in 16 universities and evaluated by the University of Chester.

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn. The day includes a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. You will get a Higher Education MHFA manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it.

Completion of this one day course certificates you as a Higher Education MHFA Champion and is designed to give you:

  • A deeper understanding of the issues that relate to student and staff mental health
  • Skills to spot early signs of mental ill health
  • Confidence to signpost someone to support – whether that’s through self-help resources, university counselling services, the NHS, or a mix
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness


Are you interested or need more information about Mental Health First Aid (HE)

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