Mental Health First Aid
What is Mental Health First Aid?
MHFAiders aren’t therapists and the aim is not to diagnose or treat people but to encourage and support them to access professional help, as well as signpost them to the right place. This could include self-help books or websites, guiding people to accessing therapy services through their GP, their university or place of work, or via online self-referral, support groups, and more.
MHFAiders are trained to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and can potentially avert a crisis from happening. They can do this by recognising warning signs, and they have the skills and confidence to approach and support someone experiencing mental ill-health. MHFAiders also have a role in supporting positive wellbeing and tackling stigma.
I'm experiencing mental ill health - how can I find a Mental Health First Aider at Imperial?
All Mental Health First Aiders can be contacted by phone or email.
How can I become a Mental Health First Aider?
Our Mental Health First Aid courses teach people to identify common symptoms of mental health issues, offer first line help and guide a person towards support.
Two different Mental Health First Aid training courses are available for staff who are involved in supporting colleagues or students: