National Award Nomination for Mental Health First Aid: House of Lords, Wednesday 25th February 2015
Congratulations to Clare Pinchess, UMHAN member and Mental Health Adviser at Loughborough University, who has been nominated for a national Mental Health First Aid award in recognition of her exemplary work in the field of mental health. Clare has been working Loughborough University to deliver the internationally recognised, life-saving training that is accredited by Mental Health First Aid England.
Clare chose to undertake the MHFA instructor training for a number of reasons and believes that the course offers huge benefits to both staff and students in a Higher Education context. Clare said:
“Professionally, the instructor course has helped me to build on pre-existing skills in training and development, and to combine these with my passion for educating wider audiences about how to successfully intervene in a confident way with students and staff in distress. Loughborough University is committed to the provision of a fully inclusive university experience and as such, supported me wholeheartedly to undertake the training as a means of helping to achieve this. The training package has been very well received by all who have undertaken it and there is a growing demand at the University for this level of knowledge when dealing with issues around mental health and distress. Personally, the instructor course has been excellent for me, as it has allowed me the opportunity to engage in two things that I am very passionate about, training and education and a commitment to raising mental health awareness and reducing stigma. I hope to go from strength to strength with increasing Loughborough University’s profile and commitment to mental health awareness and continue to build on this within the voluntary sector and in education.”
MHFA was introduced to England in 2006 and has since trained 85,000 people in mental health life-saving skills. Much like physical first aid, MHFA is designed to equip people with the knowledge and confidence to spot the signs and symptoms of someone in distress and offer help on a first aid basis.
For further information about MHFA visit www.mhfaengland.org
For further information about local MHFA training please contact Clare Pinchess: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Doran, UMHAN Chair
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