Training for Schools, Youth Groups and Universities

The Grey Dog Trust provides free training for schools and not for profit youth groups (there is a charge of £20 per person for manuals and workbooks).

We also provide subsidised training for  Universities, inpatient units, children's homes and other youth organisations. 

Training Courses Available

Mental Health First Aid Champion

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 This one day course qualifies you as a Youth MHFA Champion, giving you: 

  • An understanding of common mental health issues and how they can affect young people
  • Ability to spot signs of mental ill health in young people and guide them to a place of support
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
  • Skills to support positive wellbeing

 

Format

  • One day face to face course
  • Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities
  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn

Youth Mental Health First Aider

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This two day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider, giving you:

  • An in-depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues 
  • Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening 
  • Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix – engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate
  • Ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive
  • Tools to look after your own mental wellbeing 

 

Format

  • Two day face to face course across four manageable sessions
  • Each session is built around a Youth Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities
  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn

Higher Education Mental Health First Aid Champion

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An intensive Higher Education mental health awareness and skills course was created in consultation with leading student mental health charity Student Minds. It was piloted in 16 universities and evaluated by the University of Chester.

This one day course qualifies people as Higher Education MHFA Champions, giving them:

  • A deeper understanding of the issues that relate to student and staff mental health
  • Skills to spot early signs of mental ill health
  • Confidence to signpost someone to support – whether that’s through self-help resources, university counselling services, the NHS, or a mix
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness 


Format

  • One day face to face course
  • Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities
  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn




Youth Mental Health First Aiders Trained by The Grey Dog

11 Staff and Volunteers at The Lowdown Charity

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September 2019


"Very well taught and instructors very good"


"Useful and Insightful discussions that enhanced my previous knowledge"


"Learnt a lot"

14 More Scout Leaders Northamptonshire

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August 2019


"Really good course.  It has increased my understanding of mental health"


"Excellent course , was worth giving up the weekend for.  Great delivery by instructors."


"Excellent  course .  Very well delivered"

15 Staff at Northampton College

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July 2019


"Very valuable course, glad I had the chance to take part both personally and professionally".


"A fantastic course, very emotional at times but 100% worthwhile. Thank you very much".




14 Scout Leaders Northamptonshire

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June 2109


"A brilliant and insightful course that I will use daily.   The course had a good interactive delivery: Instructors encouraged the group to be involved"


"Very informative and well delivered course. Thank you :=)".





15 Staff and Students at Lucton School

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June 2019


"I am extremely proud to now be a qualified Mental Health First Aider. Thank you for this opportunity ".


" The course will allow us to role out more support for students and help improve the understanding across the school. Whilst I accept the subject matter is challenging I really enjoyed the course. The resources were brilliant too. Much to build on!!!"

Your School?

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Youth Mental Health First Champions Trained by The Grey Dog

9 Grey Dog Trust Volunteers

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September 2019


"An enjoyable  day that was very informative on a subject I knew little of. Inspired me to learn more"


"This course has opened my eyes not only to individuals I may come across but my own mental well being, this course is so important and I hope that more people take time do get trained as a mental health first aider."

















Mental Health First Aid in Education

Mental Health First Aid in Higher Education

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