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Mental Health First Aid

This activity aims to help address mental health issues by working in conjunction with the local branch of Aware Defeat Depression by delivering a mental health and well being programme.

Outline of Activity

The project will have a number of key elements, significantly all direct contact will be provided on the Magee campus and in the evenings. The critical element will be the development of a team of "Student Mental Health First Aiders" focusing efforts at part time students on the Magee campus. This is possible through completion of a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course. MHFA is an educational course that will teach student how to identify, understand and help students who may be developing a mental health issue. On campus it will increase awareness of the services to support students on all modes of study and help promote positive attitudes towards people with mental health problems.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Completion of MHFA course
  2. Help students to recognise crucial warning signs of mental ill health
  3. Provide initial help to those showing signs of mental ill health and guide that student towards appropriate professional help.

Assessment Details

Student participants will be required to complete a 300 word individual reflection on the learning received from attending the MHFA course.

Level of Commitment

20 hours to include:

3 evenings (5.30pm - 9.30pm) in the new Teaching Block on the Magee Campus

Completing an individual reflection log