Mental Health First Aid for staff

The last year has been a particularly stressful time for children and young people, their families, and school staff as they deal with the significant disruption the pandemic has had on learning. Looking after the mental health and wellbeing of school staff is key to ensuring they have the emotional resilience and strength to support children and families.

We are funding Mental Health First Aid Training for staff in all IOA schools, colleges and Early Years settings to ensure all have at least two Mental Health First Aiders on hand to be a first point of support for colleagues’ wellbeing needs.

The training offers entails:

Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of a range of mental health issues.

Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress using the Mental Health First Aid action plan.

Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening.

Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether through self-help resources, internal support such as an Employee Assistance Programme, or external sources such as their GP.

An understanding of how to keep themselves safe while performing their duties.

Training will be deliver as four virtual sessions until restrictions enable training to safely take place as socially distanced face to face training. Training is delivered by professional trainers from Mental Health England. Read more about the course here Mental Health First Aid starts with you · MHFA England

The next training dates begin in April 202021, with a further cohort in May. To book your place email Vanessa Bally: vanessa.bally@highfield.suffolk.sch.uk