IF you have an interest in mental health, you can apply to join one of several funded instructor training courses to help your military community. 

The Government’s Armed Forces Mental Health First Aid programme is aiming to train almost 7,000 members of the wider Forces community in the mental health equivalent of first aid skills.

It’s targeted at veterans, Service personnel and their families, friends and organisations who work with the Armed Forces. Mental health conditions that are specifically relevant, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, are covered on the course and you will learn about warning signs and the most appropriate way to guide sufferers to seek help.

Poppy Jaman, CEO for Mental Health First Aid England, said: “One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life but there are members of the community who are more at risk – the Armed Forces being one example.

“We believe that Mental Health First Aid Training is vital to ensure that those at risk of mental illness are supported at the earliest stage.”

Once trained, you will be fully qualified to deliver the especially-designed Mental Health First Aid course to the wider Armed Forces community. The programme is being run by SSAFA in partnership with Combat Stress, the Royal British Legion and MHFA England CIC. 

Find out more or submit your application online at www.mhfaengland.org  

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