Prime Minister Theresa May has today announced a new £15 million scheme, to increase awareness of, and tackle stigma surrounding mental ill-health. The campaign, which will be delivered by Public Health England will see up to a million people being taught vital ‘first aid’ techniques, helping them to better recognise and respond to issues relating to mental health.

The new scheme, which is set to launch in 2018 and will continue for 3 years, has been co-developed with Mental Health First Aid England. StreetGames’ own relationship with MHFA England continues to grow too, developing towards our mutual goal of reducing disparity between physical and mental first aid support in our communities.

Together we can already offer ‘MHFA Youth’ the gold standard in mental health first aid training. Our course empowers volunteers and coaches to both better understand and respond to mental health incidents, just as they would in a physical health emergency.

The 2-day course sees people become certificated Mental Health First Aiders, while 1-day attendees are certificated as Mental Health Champions. There is also a half-day ‘lite’ course available to those who simply wish to help raise awareness. Courses are run by our qualified tutors and are interactive with group discussions, activities and presentations. Topics covered on courses include:

  • what is mental health?
  • anxiety and depression
  • suicide and psychosis
  • self harm, substance misuse and eating disorders 

For more information on the MHFA, or to book a course, please follow this link.

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