In response to the growing need for the mental health of employees to become a top priority for employers, Derby County Community Trust have achieved qualified status to deliver accredited Mental Health First Aid courses online.

The courses were previously delivered in a classroom setting and have seen over 50% of Derby County’s workforce become qualified as Mental Health First Aiders or Champions since 2018.

Lauren Asquith, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at the Trust said:

“Since we became an accredited partner of Mental Health First Aid England two years ago, the demand for the courses has always been high and we had several dates which had to be cancelled due to lockdown.

“As a qualified deliverer, I was able to convert my qualification to support delegates through both the Youth and Adult courses online.

“This has seen us deliver the course to many teachers remotely and now we are opening up the offer to Derby’s business community.

“Mental health has been at the forefront of concerns throughout the pandemic, whether it’s supporting employees whilst they work remotely, are on furlough or are returning to the office.

“This whole new way of life has had its difficulties and we know that the Derby business community were already keen to be on the top of their game when it came to supporting their employees’ wellbeing.”

The first Adult Mental Health Aware course will be running as a twilight session on 15th July, from 5-8pm via Zoom. This forms the first stage of the qualification as a Mental Health First Aider.

Individuals are able to book on to the course for £35 which includes the cost of any associated resources:

There are limited spaces available and if a business is interested in a bespoke course for their employees they can get in touch with Lauren on [email protected].

 

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