Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aiders- staying connected

Mental Health First Aiders, we  hope you are well and managing to look after yourselves in this incredibly challenging time we find ourselves in. Whether you trained with us at the teaching school three years ago or whether you have been recently trained in Mental Health First Aid as part of our GM Mentally Healthy Schools you are part of our North West MHFA network and we want you to know we are still here for you. As a Mental Health First Aider you a part of a network of more than 500,000 people with mental health first aid skills and these skills have never been so important. Schools and most businesses across the country have moved to remote working and this in itself brings its own pressures.  As a teaching school we are working hard to support all our schools and colleagues through virtual means. We know from talking to some of you how you are still managing to use your mental health first aid skills to continue to check-in remotely with children, young people and of course colleagues. At this time many of you will also be using your Mental Health First Aid Skills to check on friends and family too.

 Mental Health First Aid England have published some really useful updates to resources in light of the current situation and we wanted to share them with you.

  • Mental Health First Aiders Role-page 5 about remote working is particularly useful – click here to access 
  • Here are the Mental Health First Aid guides for everyone working at home – click here to access 
  • Sarah Macintosh the Director of People at MHFA England shared a brilliant article in Personnel Today which is worth reading – click here 
  • Our Advanced Mental Health Course will cover how to cope with ‘post Covid-19 trauma’  in Autumn please email to secure your place


Online Training 

At the Alliance for Learning, we are proud of our partnership with Mental Health First Aid England and the work we do with our national Mental Health trainers.

Following the success of our free of charge pilot scheme, with places being booked up in a matter of hours, we are hosting 2 more online Mental Health training sessions, for any teachers/ school staff to attend.

We are really keen to support school staff at this important time to manage their mental health, but also to consider strategies to help students with the disruption they face at an important time in their lives.

This three hour online Mental Health training introduces those in attendance to common Mental Health issues, while discussing strategies to promote positive wellbeing in a supportive online environment with  our expert trainers, Dawn Mitchell and Lisa Wisher.

The online MHFA dates are as follows – please click on the link below to reserve your place:

  • Thursday 4th June, 9:30am – 12:30pm 
  • Wednesday 17th June, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Places on these sessions are charged at £55 per person, a discounted rate from MHFA England in person training.

Click here to book these online sessions


MHFA refresh and skills update – free Zoom session on 10 June 2020

Please note that this session is fully booked – many thanks to our Mental Health First Aiders for their support and commitment to their skills.

The Covid-19 pandemic is causing unprecedented levels of fear, stress and anxiety for many of us and the families and children we work with.  Mental Health First Aiders are just one part of what needs to be a “whole organisation” approach to mental health and wellbeing and that’s why our role will be even more crucial as time moves on, to help continue to spread and maintain a culture of understanding and compassion. We also need to carry on supporting one another as for many of us this period is likely to be the most challenging time in our personal and professional lives so far.

If you are a Mental Health First Aider who has trained with us please join our free, one off session via Zoom on 10 June (1-2.30pm) to connect with the wider MHFA community, refresh your techniques and access the latest remote support.

The session will be led by MHFA trainers Lisa Wisher and Lisa Fathers.. The session will be limited to 25 people.

We will also:

– revisit how to practice self-care

– look at how to support the children we work with during our current and uncertain, circumstances

– introduce some grounding techniques to help calm the nervous system 

– start to imagine what the recovery phase back to school might look like and how you, as MHFA trained colleagues, can help


Once you have booked your place you will receive a confirmation link to attend. 

Click here to book this online session