World Mental Health Day – Introducing Mental Health First Aid training

by | 10 Oct 2018 | News, Schools

We are pleased to announce, on World Mental Health Day, the launch our new Ofqual regulated Mental Health First Aid qualifications, that will be available to schools and workplaces from January 2019.

The new courses will be offered as either open courses (for individual staff members), or on-site training (for larger teams) which can be delivered as inset day or twilight sessions. There will be three qualifications available…

  • Level 1 (RQF) Mental Health First Aid Awareness – half day course giving a basic introduction to mental health, suitable for staff at all levels.
  • Level 2 (RQF) Mental Health First Aid – one day course suitable for those wishing to act as mental health first aiders, or to complement the skills of physical first aiders.
  • Level 3 (RQF) Supervising Mental Health First Aid – two day course suitable for those overseeing mental health arrangements.

To receive more information on the new qualifications, including course dates (when available) and on-site options, register your interest today.


Why Mental Health First Aid in schools?

As we all know, the emotional health and wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health and wellbeing.

However in the UK, some 10 percent of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem, yet 70 percent of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early stage (1). Mental health illnesses are a leading cause of health-related disabilities in children and young people, and can have long-lasting adverse effects on physical health, educational achievement, social relationships and employment prospects (2).

Additionally, a recent survey by Leeds Beckett University highlighted that some three quarters of teachers feel that their own poor psychological and emotional condition (caused by excessive workloads, poor work-life balance and financial pressures facing schools) is also having a detrimental impact on pupils’ progress (3).

Earlier this year, following a review of children and young people’s mental health services, the Care Quality Commission reported that Ofsted should “strengthen its assessment of schools and academies to consider how effectively they respond to pupils’ mental health”. The CQC said that inspectors should also take into account the impact that “school life and the curriculum” have on pupils’ mental health when it develops its new inspection framework, which is due to be in place from September 2019 (5).

The current School Inspection Handbook also states that schools rated ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ should have a “culture [that] promotes all aspects of pupils’ welfare” and that pupils should “enjoy learning about how to stay healthy and about emotional and mental health, [and] safe and positive relationships…(6)”


Why Mental Health First Aid in workplaces?

In the UK over half a million workers suffer from mental-health related conditions (this equates to more than one in seven employees), and circa 12.5 million working days were lost in 2016/17 as a result (4). In fact, some 12.7% of all sickness absence days can be attributed to mental health conditions.

Providing better mental health support in the workplaces can save UK businesses up to £8 billion per year, as well as improving staff morale and helping to reduce the risk of tragedy (i.e. suicide).


Our courses

Edenfield’s Mental Health First Aid training will cover a range of topics including identifying mental health conditions (including stress, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders and self-harm), providing advice and starting a conversation, mental health first aid in the workplace and developing a mental health action plan.

Our courses are Ofqual regulated and nationally recognised, and are delivered by qualified, experienced and friendly instructors. Register your interest now to receive more information on open course dates and on-site training.



1 – Source: Children’s Society (2008) The Good Childhood Inquiry: health research evidence.
2 – Source: Public Health England (2016) The mental health of children and young people in England.
3 – Source: Leeds Beckett University (2018) Pupil progress is being held back by teachers’ poor mental health.
4 – Source: Health and Safety Executive (2017) Work-related Stress, Depression or Anxiety Statistics in Great Britain 2017.
5 – Source: Schools Week (2018) Rate schools on how they meet pupils’ mental health needs, care commission tells Ofsted, 8 March.
6 – Source: Ofsted (2018) Schools Inspection Handbook, September 2018.