University Mental Health First Responder Course

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Date: Mon 4th Sep 2017     Time: All Day

This one day AUCSO certificated course, will be held at the University of Sheffield on 4 Sep 17 at a cost of £68 per delegate (lunch and refreshments included). The aim of the course is to amplify and enhance current skills to allow participants:

  • To preserve life by being alert to the risks of psychological crisis (alertness being the key term distinguishing from previous approaches to awareness only).
  • To acknowledge mental and emotional needs in the same way as physical needs.
  • To gather appropriate information by asking the right questions (not being afraid to pose the difficult question, i.e. “Are you talking about committing suicide or harming yourself?”.
  • To listen actively, hearing the person’s story and recognising tacit invitations to become involved and help.
  • To empathise and explore ways to increase safety and prevent harm.
  • To dynamically risk review the situation, if necessary cajoling the person towards appropriate professional care.
  • To challenge the stigma and discrimination around mental health and appreciate the power of individuals and the University community to help and support.
  • To increase knowledge and actively participate in creating a mentally heathier and suicide safer University.
  • To empower the University community to act, being academically and mentally more robust.

This course will be followed by the comprehensive 2 day ASIST course on 5 & 6 Sep 17.

To book a place – please contact Paula Debenham by 30 June 2017. 

Accommodation is available at Halifax Hall at £65 p.night (but please do not book until your delegate place has been confirmed) email or call 0114 2228810.

Please address any queries to Richard Yates 

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