Dr AJ ran a two-day Mental Health First Aid course at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre in Milton Keynes at the start of the week. The group were really engaged, and a credit to their companies – Nuffield Health, WSA, Accurate Flat Roofing Ltd, Dentons, 3 Line Electrical Wholesale, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, and KeeResources Ltd.
Dr AJ has spent the weekend at this event held by Confer at NCVO alongside the lovely Regent’s Canal in London. It was a great opportunity to network with a fascinating group of people, whilst a range of inspirational speakers have given him plenty of ideas on improving practice to feedback to his students!
Great to support Worktree this evening with their quiz night to help raise awareness and funding. Spending time and having fun with friends was also good for boosting the mental health, whilst coming joint first in the quiz was just the cherry on the cake! Image courtesy of Worktree.
Today is Time to Change‘s Time to Talk Day, which is designed to encourage people to talk about mental health and help change lives. In reality, people should be able to find time to talk about mental health and mental health issues every day, but not everyone has the confidence to do so. Mental Health First Aid training imparts the skills and knowledge to make having those conversations easier. Click on the link to find out more about the different Courses on offer. Image courtesy of Time to Change.
Dr A.J. Yates recorded a radio interview today – on the topic of having conversations around mental health – ahead of Time to Change‘s Time to Talk day on the 6th February. The conversation with Lia Christodoulou from MKFM and Jon Manning from Arthur Ellis Mental Health Support will be broadcast on MKFM on Sunday 2nd February at 7:00 pm. Image courtesy of Lia Christodoulou.
This is advance notice that we will be taking a well deserved break over the festive period in order to recharge the batteries and take care of our mental health. Voicemail messages and emails will still be checked periodically, but it may take a little longer than usual to get a reply – thank you for being patient. The last full day of working before Christmas is Friday 20th December, with everything back and working normally in the New Year by Monday 6th January.
Having done physical first aid training for so many years, AJ has been persuaded (it didn’t take much arm twisting) to provide training for two local organisations from next month and throughout 2020. Local charity Hazard Alley provide health & safety courses at their centre in Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes, whilst the Oxford College of First Aid provides courses in and around the Oxfordshire area. Please feel free to contact them directly for a list of their courses.
These courses are in addition to AJMH Limited‘s continuing programme of Mental Health First Aid courses. If you would like to discuss the possibility of in-house training courses (both physical or Mental Health First Aid), please contact us for further information.
It was a privilege to be asked to write a blog for Jacky Sherman outlining some of the simple steps that businesses can take to support the mental health and wellbeing of their staff. To read the blog, please click here. If you would like to find out some more information, Dr Yates offers free in-company half-hour sessions on the first steps that organisations can take – please contact us for further details.
An updated list of Mental Health First Aid courses for 2020 have now been released by AJMH Limited, including the new MHFA Refresher course which is designed for Mental Health First Aiders and Mental Health First Aid Champions who want to renew their skills, but don’t feel the need to attend the full two or one-day course again. Full details and secure online course bookings can be done via the Courses page.