First cohort of Trust Mental Health First Aiders complete training

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is committed to investing in staff health and wellbeing because we believe it matters. This week, we are proud to announce that the first cohort of Trust Mental Health First Aiders have completed their training!

Last year, the Trust invested in Health and Wellbeing Partner, Nicola Bury, to become an in-house Mental Health First Aid trainer. The accredited Mental Health First Aid course taught by Nicola educates team members in mental health support, qualifying them to offer help to their colleagues. In time, the Trust hopes to offer training to all staff who wish to make a positive impact on the wellbeing of their team.

Nicola said: “I believe that mental health should be as accepted as physical health. 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health challenges at some point in our lives, and it is important to have proactive individuals with the training to know how to respond. Being a Mental Health First Aider has given me the language to openly talk about mental health, which helps reduce any associated stigma. This training has also helped me understand on a personal level what I need to maintain my own positive mental health.”

Anita Chown, Head of People at University of Brighton Academies Trust, further commended the programme: “The course is a great way to understand more about the impact of mental health conditions and to develop the confidence to offer support to colleagues, family and friends. Having Mental Health First Aiders amongst us is positive step forward to having a happier and healthier workforce.”