Enhancing Mental Health Awareness: First Aid Training for
Hugh Baird College Staff

Do you or your organisation need Mental Health Awareness Training? The NUCO Level 1 Mental Health Awareness First Aid course is a great place to start.

Mental Health Awareness - 4 Hour Courses

In today’s fast-paced world, mental health awareness is crucial, especially in educational settings where students and staff may face a myriad of pressures. I had the privilege of delivering two 4-hour NUCO Level 1 Awareness in Mental Health First Aid courses for teaching and support staff at Hugh Baird College. This course is designed to equip staff with the knowledge and skills needed to recognise and support individuals struggling with mental health issues.

Course Overview

The NUCO Level 1 Awareness in Mental Health First Aid course is a comprehensive program that blends practical scenarios, discussions, and theoretical knowledge. The aim is to provide participants with a solid foundation in mental health first aid, enabling them to confidently address mental health challenges in their environment.

Recognising Mental Health Issues

One of the primary objectives of the course is to help participants identify the signs and symptoms of various mental health issues. This includes understanding conditions such as depression, anxiety, and stress, which are prevalent in academic settings. Recognising these early signs can make a significant difference in providing timely support and preventing escalation.

Practical Scenarios and Interactive Discussions

The course includes a range of practical scenarios that simulate real-life situations. These scenarios are designed to be interactive, allowing participants to engage actively and apply what they have learned. Open discussions are encouraged, providing a platform for participants to share experiences and insights. This interactive approach not only enhances learning but also fosters a supportive and collaborative environment.

Supportive Conversations and Active Listening

Effective communication is key to supporting individuals with mental health issues. The course offers advice on how to engage in supportive discussions, emphasising the importance of active listening. Active listening involves fully concentrating, understanding, responding, and remembering what is being said. This technique helps build trust and provides the individual with a sense of being heard and valued.

Signposting to Professional Help

Knowing when and how to refer individuals to professional help is a critical component of mental health first aid. The course provides guidance on signposting to agencies and professionals who can offer further support. This ensures that individuals receive the appropriate care and interventions needed for their mental health conditions.

Self-Care for Support Providers

Supporting others can be emotionally taxing, making self-care an essential aspect of the training. The course offers practical advice on self-care strategies to ensure that those providing support maintain their own mental well-being. This includes stress management techniques, setting boundaries, and seeking support when needed.

Positive Feedback from Hugh Baird College Staff

The feedback from participants at Hugh Baird College has been overwhelmingly positive, reflecting the effectiveness and impact of the course:

  • “Allan is very engaging and shared interesting experiences to bring the subject to life.”
  • “It was a great fun session. Allan made it interactive and supportive within a relaxed teaching environment.”
  • “Allan was able to allow open discussion. He adapted the course with activities which was lovely, it was excellent will happily recommend.”
  • “It was a well-structured course delivered with expertise and care for a sensitive topic.”


These reviews highlight the engaging, supportive, and well-structured nature of the course, underscoring its relevance and value in educational settings.

Expanding Mental Health Awareness Across the Northwest and Peak District

I have been running this course for several agencies, mental health charities, colleges, and school staff across the northwest and the Peak District. The growing demand for mental health awareness training reflects a broader recognition of the importance of mental health in our communities. By continuing to deliver these courses, we aim to create more supportive and informed environments where individuals feel empowered to address mental health issues effectively.

The NUCO Level 1 Awareness in Mental Health First Aid course is a vital resource for educational institutions, equipping staff with the skills and knowledge to support mental health effectively. The positive feedback from Hugh Baird College underscores the course’s impact and importance. As we continue to expand this training across the region, we hope to foster environments where mental health is prioritised and supported, ultimately contributing to the well-being of our communities.

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