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Tuesday 11th October was World Mental Health Day.  This  year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is Mental health in the Workplace.

Department of Health (DoH) and Public Health England (PHE) have also announced a campaign to train one million people in basic mental health ‘first aid’ skills.

As part of the Better Workplace ‘Emotional Impact at Work’ initiative, we are hoping to introduce Mental Health First Aid Training to the Department.   We have identified a training course provided by Restore, a local mental health organisation, which can train up to 16 staff members through a series of workshops [

So far quite a few members of staff have expressed interest, but there is still time for you to consider taking part.   We would encourage people who line manage other staff to think about its relevance to that role. 

The training is accredited by Mental Health First Aid England and operates in 23 different countries. Participants receive a certificate on completion of the course. .It equips staff to become mental health first aiders as points of contact for colleagues who may be struggling. The 12-hour course can be delivered over two days or in a module format consisting of either three or four-hour modules.

Anyone interested in taking part in the training course, should contact Abi McNiven [] to register interest in the first instance.  Please indicate if you have a preference for the course delivery (over two days, over three-hour blocks, or over four-hour blocks).

Once we have an idea of how many people would like to participate, we will poll for suitable date(s) in early 2018.