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Find Training in Mental Health Aid

When it comes to addressing mental health, the first step is knowing how to recognise when everyday behaviours are becoming a problem. In many cases, this begins by developing your awareness of the behaviours to keep an eye on. 
Here are 12 signs to look out for before taking action, whether that’s starting a conversation with someone who you’re worried about or getting involved in some free local training courses on mental health awareness.

1. Seeming more anxious

2. Irritability

3. Starting more arguments

4. Mood swings

5. Self harming

6. Sleeping too much or too little

7. Not wanting to be around other people

8. Not coping with work or studies

9. Struggling to concentrate

10. Suffering from memory problems

11. Increased or decreased appetite

12. Suicidal thoughts

One of the best ways of coping with mental health problems is to deepen your knowledge and understanding of them, particularly in learning about the various ways you can support someone and develop intervention skills.
The training providers below offer free programmes suitable for anyone and require no prior knowledge or training. Taking part in mental health training offers an opportunity to learn, so you can help others when their mental health reaches a crisis point. It can also help you develop strategies for personal care when you need it most.

Aware – Mental Health First Aid

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ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two-day course that helps care givers learn suicide first aid intervention. You will learn how to recognise when someone is thinking about suicide, how to respond to a suicide first aid situation, including learning intervention skills.


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safeTALK is available for anyone over the age of 15 and will enable you to identity the signs for risk of suicide, to safely ask someone about suicide, to listen to someone in distress who is thinking of suicide and increase safety in a situation where someone is at risk of suicide.

Minding Your Head

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Minding Your Head provides a number of training courses in mental and emotional wellbeing, including Psychological First Aid, Mental Emotional Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention Training and Mindset training, wich is a mental and emotional health and wellbeing awareness programme for adults and young people aged 14-17.

Recovery College

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The Recovery College offers free educational courses about mental health and recovery, which can increase your knowledge, skills and self-management. Each training programme focuses on how mental health recovery can be a reality for all. Visit their website to browse their current training timetable.

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