I am passionate about improving the mental health of others. I have living experience of mental ill health and over the years have learned how to better manage my anxiety and depression. With my ups and downs I know that there are lots of go-to things that help me. Plenty of gardening time when I can, and time in the woods with my dog really helps. Taking time to be still with my breath, ground and connect to the earth is also crucial for me. A piece of cake every now and again also lifts the soul! And spending time with my circle of friends who make me feel good about me helps too. Spadgie, Kristy, Liz, Mel, Cath, Jayne, Rachel, Luke and Scott, thank you for standing around me when I need your support and friendship, laughter and love.
I trained with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England in 2018 and I have trained over 500 Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAider®) so far. I truly believe that this course saves lives. Being able to have the most important conversation you can ever have with someone is possible with the learning on the course. I support the charity Andy’s Man Club and I spread the word wherever I go that it is #OKAYTOTALK. You can find out more about Ands Man Club here Andy’s Man Club | #ITSOKAYTOTALK | Andy’s Man Club (andysmanclub.co.uk)
If you need help with your own mental health don’t be afraid to reach out – Text SHOUT TO 85258 How Shout 85258 works | Shout 85258 (giveusashout.org)
OR Give the Samaritans a call 116 123 or click here for NHS support Mental Health Helpline for Urgent Help – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Are You OKAY? Mental Health Awareness Training, 1st May, £150 per place. Delivered by Sarah Henry Safeguarding. Maximum of 15 people per cohort resulting in a bespoke and supportive training experience for learners. Fully inclusive of all training materials (and lunch and cake!). Further information can be found here. To register interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I had a fantastic day on Friday at The Nostell Estate with Sarah Henry, taking part in the, ‘Are you Okay? Mental Health Awareness Course.’
How many times do you respond to that question by saying, ‘yeah I’m fine.’ or ‘yeah, not bad’? There’s so many different ways in which we can approach conversations with both young people and adults when we suspect things aren’t in fact ‘fine’.
I highly recommend Sarah to anyone who is passionate around safeguarding and upskilling their staff on mental health. 2024 participant
This course provides an in-depth understanding to participants of young people’s mental health and teaches practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health illness. It enables participants to feel more confident when reassuring and supporting a young person in distress or crisis.
What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. Youth MHFAiders® have:
- An in depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing
- Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
- Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress
- Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
- Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix – engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate
- Ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive
- Tools to look after your own mental wellbeing
The course is delivered in four manageable chunks over two days: About Mental Health, Depression and Anxiety, Suicide and Psychosis, Self-harm and Eating Disorders. MHFA England™ © 2018 MHFA. All rights reserved.
It focuses on the issues faced by young people today, such as cyber bullying and substance misuse, and teaches how to promote protective factors and good parenting. Everyone who completes the course gets a Youth MHFA manual to refer to whenever they need it, and a certificate to say they are a Youth Mental Health First Aider.
29th February & 1st March 2024
Places are currently £300pp. Lunch and refreshments included. Free parking.
Includes all the resources to take away; MHFA England Manual and Toolkit and MHFA England Certification. Certificate lasts 3 years.
Courses are delivered in the beautiful grounds at Nostell Priory. 9.00am – 5.00pm both days.
Participants must be over 18 years old.