Mental Health First Aid team wins UALL award

Mental Health First Aid winners UALL award

The team behind the Mental Health First Aid course at USW has scooped the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) award for their innovative training approach.

Dr Mark Richardson, Dr Hannah Mawson, Dr Carolyn Wallace and Owain Jones, won the award alongside Sheree Williams from Torfaen Mind and Dr Penny Llewellyn, now retired from the University, in recognition of their work on the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training package.

The MHFA is an internationally recognised approach for not only providing mental health first aid, but also to tackle stigma and promote awareness of mental health across communities.

Working with Training in Mind (TiM) – which specialises in mental health and wellbeing training – USW developed the first ever Level 4 accredited version of the MHFA for Wales, reflecting the original vision of Mental Health First Aid Australia, which aimed for a “community where everyone has the first aid skills to support people with mental health problems”.

The newly accredited module offers funded opportunities for local community participants living in what are otherwise termed ‘hard to reach’ areas, to access the training.

The course has been delivered in a range of venues, such as a local prison, local community groups, organisations across the social housing sector, with teachers, social workers and USW students.

This partnership, through an initial pilot study, has now created in Wales the only accredited Higher Education level 4 community partnership module, out of 23 countries delivering the MHFA – making it a world first.

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