Training with Cambridge Network: Support for Mental Health First Aiders

This 2-hour workshop will provide you with an opportunity to share your experiences, identify the skills that need to be developed to support you better and opportunities to build your resilience as a Mental Health First Aider.The role of the Mental Health First Aider is sometimes misunderstood, with the best will in the world you are not a trained counsellor or therapist, and yet, people can end up offloading and sharing more with you than you feel comfortable handling. This can result in people taking on too much of other people’s emotional baggage, which can lead to burn out.Ultimately, MHFA is as effective and as limited in what it can achieve as traditional first aid. We do not expect traditional first aiders to take the place of paramedics, doctors or nurses, nor should we expect Mental Health First Aiders to take the place of counsellors or therapists.The workshop is facilitated by a trained therapist who will support the group discussion and deliver training to build confidence and resilience. This is a collaborative approach to supporting Mental Health First Aiders to avoid burn out and build resilience.

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