Happy Birthday Sarah Long Mental Health & Wellbeing

So about a year ago this week I ran my first freelance Mental Health First Aid course in Halifax and started my self-employed journey with the wobbly legs of a baby giraffe. I’d been training for a few years back at my old employer so the training side of things was nothing new – IContinue reading “Happy Birthday Sarah Long Mental Health & Wellbeing”

Why is challenging stigma the most important part of what I do?

Stigma stops people thinking about Mental Health Stigma stops people learning about Mental Health Stigma stops people recognising when their mental health is deteriorating Stigma stops people recognising when their friends / family are suffering Stigma stops people accepting they have a Mental Health issue Stigma stops people telling their friends they are struggling StigmaContinue reading “Why is challenging stigma the most important part of what I do?”

Mental Health First Aid – New Date

Book now to join us on the Adult Mental Health First Aid Two Day course: Hebden Bridge Town Hall Monday 4th / Tuesday 5th June 2018 (9am-5pm) Learn to understand the relationship between stress and mental ill health, spot signs and symptoms of some mental health conditions, and how the Mental Health First Aid ActionContinue reading “Mental Health First Aid – New Date”

Recovery

When I deliver training – be it Mental Health awareness, or Mental Health First Aid courses, I bring my own experiences into the classroom. I don’t have to. The course content is fairly comprehensive – but it is the aspect most frequently mentioned in positive feedback. I think it is important for two reasons –Continue reading “Recovery”

IAPT and Guided Self Help

As a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, I train people to support people with mental health difficulties in a variety of ways, one of which being to “Encourage (them) to seek appropriate professional help”. With 70% of people who die by suicide┬ánot having been in contact with mental health services in the year before deathContinue reading “IAPT and Guided Self Help”

MHFA Higher Education

Going to university can be a wonderful time. Exciting, life changing, memorable. But it can also be a difficult time. A perfect storm of factors colliding, and it doesn’t always go smoothly: Leaving home – family & friends – your support network up to this point Having to make new friends – maybe struggling toContinue reading “MHFA Higher Education”

MHFA & Wellbeing Retreat

I have an idea brewing, which I would love to bring to fruition sometime in the next year or two if I can get enough interest. Two, no three, things prompt it, aside from being a nice idea. The two day mental health first aid course is packed. Ram packed with information. The recent updateContinue reading “MHFA & Wellbeing Retreat”

New MHFA course date: Huddersfield

I have just scheduled a new date for the two day Mental Health First Aid (Adult) training course. 22nd/23rd November 2017 – 3 M Buckley Innovation Centre, Firth Street, Huddersfield. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-first-aid-huddersfield-adult-2-day-course-tickets-38690401031 I am looking at Bradford for December, and maybe Rochdale in the new year. Please get in touch if you would like to registerContinue reading “New MHFA course date: Huddersfield”

We have lift off

Last week’s course at the Elsie Whiteley Centre was great. That place is fantastic by the way, very much recommend if you need a meeting / training / coworking location in Halifax. They looked after me very well and the cafe is lovely and good value. Not only did I get to meet a lovelyContinue reading “We have lift off”