Training provider and BW3 member business Seetec has introduced a mental health training course for schools in Wythenshawe to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week.  

The course is part of the company’s commitment to helping schools gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle the ongoing stigma surrounding mental health.

The first free training sessions were held at the BW3 High School of the Year – Newall Green High School – enabling staff to gain qualifications to become certified mental health first aiders.

Staff from Newall Green High School, Newall Green Primary School and Manchester Health Academy took part in the sessions.

Preventing a crisis

The two-day Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course has been introduced to help staff from across the schools to identify, understand and help someone experiencing a mental health issue. It is designed to teach individuals how to listen, reassure and respond in a crisis, and even potentially prevent a crisis occurring.

At the end of the course, the newly qualified mental health first aiders had acquired a number of skills, including

  • An in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support through self-help resources, through their employer, or the NHS

Mental health awareness

Seetec delivered the first of this training during Mental Health Awareness Week having identified schools with limited funding and where mental health is a recognised issue among students.

Seetec’s senior operational partnership manager, Greg Bate, helped to deliver the programme alongside BW3: “We felt it was really important to introduce the first of these sessions to schools in Wythenshawe, and we’re hoping to roll these out across the region too.

“As well as working for Seetec and being an active member of BW3, I work as a mentor for students at Newall Green as part of the aspirational mentoring programme, so I’m personally looking forward to seeing the skills from the training form part of a wider conversation in the school as a whole.”

Assistant Head for Inclusion at the school, Kevin Buchanan, has helped devise some of the mental health programmes currently in operation.  

He added: “We are delighted that Seetec have provided the opportunity for our staff to have free mental health first aid training. Newall Green High School has also developed an in-house vertical CBT mental health curriculum called Time for TEA so mental health is something we take very seriously.

“The basis of the training for staff, parents and students is that we always have Time for TEA and that when we effectively engage with our Thoughts, Emotions and Actions then we find ourselves building resilience, positive mental health and communication skills to access further peer and adult support.”

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