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Hieda – First Aid for Mental Health

12th January 2023 @ 9:00 am - 13th January 2023 @ 5:00 pm

  • Date: 12-13 January 2023 (this is a two-day course) 
  • Time: 09.00 – 17.00 
  • Venue: Online


  • Anyone who has an interest in becoming a first aider for mental health 
  • Anyone who has a responsibility for mental health in the workplace (mental health lead).

Course outline 

This two-day course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider. 

Mental Health First Aiders have: 

  • 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 – whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix.

This 2-day course explores normal mental health and when normal becomes unhealthy it gives the holder an in-depth knowledge of the complexities behind management and diagnosis. This course certifies the holder as a mental health first aider for 3 years. It helps the holder identify what could be done in the workplace to prevent mental health issues develop and supporting those returning to work after a period off sick.  The course certifies you for three years.

This detailed course enhances skills and helps the holder gain confidence when supporting others. 

Training topics will include: 

  • Normal mental health 
  • When normal becomes abnormal 
  • Healthy and unhealthy coping strategies 
  • Creating a mentally healthier workplace 
  • Self-care

Learning outcomes: 

  • In depth understanding of mental health and factors affecting wellbeing 
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress 
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support, including external. 


Jane Graham, Director, Hieda

Trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, Jane has over 30 years of nursing background, Many of them in trauma and intensive care. Whilst in PICU, she had a number of different roles. Nine years of that included a role as a specialist retrieval nurse (CATS) that entailed travelling around the country to stabilise and bring back critically unstable children. To do this she learned advanced nursing and basic medical skills in resuscitation, all medical conditions, and trauma.

She went on to teach these skills to student nurses, qualified nurses and junior doctors as the Practice educator on intensive care. This role also involved lecturing regularly at South Bank University. She has been a DSL for Safeguarding at an independent boarding school where she was Lead Nurse. She is also an instructor for Qualsafe, an awarding body approved by the HSE. She is currently the director of Hieda and director of health and wellbeing for the BSA Group.


  • Member Rate (individual): £200/ Non-member: £400
  • Member Rate (group of 16): £2,000/ Non-member: £4,000

*If you would like to become a member and access discounted rates for Hieda CPD and events, please click here.



12th January 2023 @ 9:00 am
13th January 2023 @ 5:00 pm


Health in Education Association