Mental Health First Aid Courses

The project delivers training courses on mental health first aid for teachers, employers and youths. These courses provide trainees with updated knowledge, skills and abilities required to provide the necessary assistance and guidance to support individuals facing mental health challenges. The courses equip trainees with the skills necessary to help such persons lift themselves from the negative situations that they find themselves in and to seek help. Mental Health First Aid training is delivered by the Trainers of Richmond Foundation who are official Mental Health First Aid instructors.

Courses for educators working with adolescent and young students

The course is designed for educators who have frequent contact with young people, for example, teachers, instructors, lecturers, school/ college counsellors, sports coaches and youth workers. It is most relevant in situations where an adult becomes aware of symptoms that might indicate that a young person in their classroom or any other network is developing a mental health problem. However, the course may also provide some useful information on how to assist a young person who has a history of mental illness or longer-term mental health problems.

The courses offered through this project are limited to a small number of schools which form part of the pilot project. The schools will be specifically invited to take part in the pilot/research project.

The aim of the pilot project is to test and measure the impact of the MHFA training within schools in Malta. In order to have as much as possible a full representative sample, the pilot project will cover six (6) schools within the following parameters:

  • Government, church and private schools ratio  This reflects the ratio of Government, church and private schools in Malta and Gozo. 3 Government schools, 2 Church schools and 1 private school will be invited to participate in the Mental Health First Aid Youths project.
  • Gender balance The sample addresses gender by covering a balanced mix of boys, girls and co-ed schools.
  • Regional areas – The sample addresses also regional areas in Malta covering the Southern Harbour District, the Northern District, the Northern Harbour District, the Western District and Gozo.

Secondary and post secondary schools can participate following an invitation by Richmond Foundation to take part in the pilot project. Schools need to register as participants in the project.  In order to participate, the  school needs to commit to have 10 to 20% of the teachers take the specialised course.

Following the school commitment to the project, the teachers and the students will be invited to register for the course.

Once the project is completed in 2019, Richmond Foundation will open registration for the courses to all the schools.

Courses for youth leaders

Two courses are designed for youth leaders who have frequent contact with young people. The MHFA Youth course is most relevant for leaders aged 19 plus who may encounter situations where an adult becomes aware of symptoms that might indicate that a young person in their organisation is developing a mental health problem.

Younger youth leaders aged 16 to 18 will be invited to take the Teen MHFA course. The Teens Mental Health First Aid course is a program teaching youths and adolescents how to support a friend who is experiencing mental health problems.

Courses for managers and supervisors working with youths

Two course is designed for managers and supervisors who have frequent contact with young people at the place of work. The MHFA Youth course is most relevant for managers and supervisors who may encounter situations where they becomes aware of symptoms that might indicate that a young person in their company or organisation is developing a mental health problem.

The participation of the secondary schools, post-secondary schools and voluntary organisations and the registration of the teachers, the students, youth leaders, managers and supervisors are all FREE OF CHARGE.
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Course for Educators in Secondary Schools

The course is designed for educators working in secondary schools who have frequent contact with young people, for example, teachers, school/college counsellors and sports coaches.

It is most relevant in situations where a educators becomes aware of symptoms that might indicate that a students in their classroom or any other network is developing a mental health problem. However, the course may also provide some useful information on how to assist a student who has a history of mental illness or longer-term mental health problems.

  • The training will be held at the schools
  • The course for teachers consists of 14 contact learning hours which are delivered through 4 sessions of 3.5 hours each.
  • The sessions are delivered over two weeks during school hours or in the afternoon 14:30hrs to 18:00hrs.
  • The teachers need to fill in an individual registration form once the school registers as a participant in the project.

Eligibility: Teachers can only apply for this course if their school is registered as a participant in the project. All educators teaching at the school can apply. Selection: Preference will be given to PSCD and guidance teachers.

 Richmond Foundation may also allow specific educational units such as the PSD teachers to apply

The registration of the teachers is FREE OF CHARGE. Most of the details requested in the registration are required since the training is EU funded, which obliges us to collect such data.
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Lessons for Form 4 Students

Once the school teachers are trained, a course for Form IV students is also being offered.

The Teen Mental Health First Aid course is a program that teaches adolescents how to support a friend who is experiencing mental health problems. It is complimentary to the adult course and this course runs over three classroom sessions of 75 minutes each at the school premises and emphasises the importance of young people getting an adult involved as quickly as possible where mental health problems might be suspected. Students can only apply for this course if their school is registered as a participant in the project. The 3 sessions will be held over 2 weeks on non consecutive days.

Eligibility: Students can only apply for this course if their school is registered as a participant in the project.

Selection: Not applicable

The students need to fill in an individual registration form once the school registers as a participant in the project. The form is to be signed by the parents/guardians.

The registration of the secondary school students (Form 4) is FREE OF CHARGE.Most of the details requested in the registration are required since the training is EU funded, which obliges us to collect such data.
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Course for Educators at MCAST and at Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary

MCAST and Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School of Naxxar are invited to participate in the pilot project.

The course is designed for educators working in post secondary schools who have frequent contact with young people, for example, teachers, school/college counsellors and sports coaches. It is most relevant in situations where an educator becomes aware of symptoms that might indicate that a student in their classroom or any other network is developing a mental health problem. However, the course may also provide some useful information on how to assist a student who has a history of mental illness or longer-term mental health problems.

  • The training will be held at MCAST / Giovanni Curmi
  • The course for teachers consists of 14 contact learning hours which are delivered through 4 sessions of 3.5 hours each.
  • The sessions are delivered over two weeks

Eligibility: Teachers / lecturers can only apply for this course if their school is registered as a participant in the project.

All educators are eligible and can apply on a voluntary basis

Selection: First preference will be given to guidance teachers.

The teachers/lecturers are required to fill in an individual registration form once the school registers as a participant in the project.

The registration of the teachers is FREE OF CHARGE. Most of the details requested in the registration are required since the training is EU funded, which obliges us to collect such data.
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Lessons/lectures for students at MCAST and Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary

Once the MCAST / Higher secondary teachers/lecturers are trained, a course for the students at MCAST / Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary is being offered.
  • The Teen Mental Health First Aid course (2) is a program that teaches teenagers 16-18 years old how to support a friend who is experiencing mental health problems.
  • It is complimentary to the adult course for teachers and this course runs over three classroom sessions of 75 minutes each at the Higher Secondary premises.
  • The course emphasises the importance of young people getting an adult involved as quickly as possible where mental health problems might be suspected.
  • The 3 sessions will be held over 2 weeks on non consecutive days.

Eligibility: Students can only apply for this course if their school is registered as a participant in the project.

The students need to fill in an individual registration form once the school registers as a participant in the project.

The registration of the students is FREE OF CHARGE. Most of the details requested in the registration are required since the training is EU funded, which obliges us to collect such data.
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Course for lecturers, instructors, councillors, coaches working in other post secondary schools

Lecturers, instructors, councillors, coaches working in post secondary schools and institutions can register individually.

The course is designed for educators working in post secondary schools who have frequent contact with young people, for example, teachers, school/college counsellors and sports coaches. It is most relevant in situations where an educator becomes aware of symptoms that might indicate that a student in their classroom or any other network is developing a mental health problem. However, the course may also provide some useful information on how to assist a student who has a history of mental illness or longer-term mental health problems.

  • The training will be held at the WSC Training Centre in Luqa.
  • The course for teachers consists of 14 contact learning hours which are delivered through 4 sessions of 3.5 hours each.
  • The sessions are delivered over two weeks in the afternoon 14:30hrs to 18:00hrs.

Eligibility: Educators can only apply for this course if their school is an officially registered education institution.

The teachers need to fill in an individual registration form once the school registers as a participant in the project.

The participation of post-secondary schools teachers is FREE OF CHARGE. Most of the details requested in the registration are required since the training is EU funded, which obliges us to collect such data.
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Course for youth leaders 16 to 18 years old

The Teens Mental Health First Aid course is a program teaching youths and adolescents how to support a friend who is experiencing mental health problems.

This course runs over three sessions of 75 minutes each and emphasises the importance of getting an adult involved as quickly as possible. This course is for young people aged 16 to 18. The main target is young youth leaders who are involved in voluntary work, music, art and sports organisations leading other youths and teenagers. These could be organisations such as Scouts, Guides, Clubs, NGOs and Associations. Youths aged 16 to 18 need to register with the organisation in which they are involved (club, NGOs etc) and need to get the consent section in the registration form signed by one of the parents or legal guardians.

The course for Youths consists of 4 contact learning hours which are delivered through 3 sessions of 80 minutes each.
The sessions are delivered over one week.
The course will be delivered at Richmond Foundation.The sessions are delivered over two weeks in the afternoon 14:30hrs to 18:00hrs.

Eligibility: youth leader is a member or an employee of a registered  Voluntary Organisations or a public entity working with youths.

The youth leaders need to fill in an individual registration form.

The registration of the voluntary organisation youth leaders is FREE OF CHARGE. Most of the details requested in the registration are required since the training is EU funded, which obliges us to collect such data.
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Course for youth leaders aged 19+

Organisations which have leaders aged 19 and over will be offered the Educators’ Course.

The course is designed for persons who have frequent contact with young people, for example sports coaches, Scouts leaders, youth group leaders and youth workers. It is most relevant in situations where an adult becomes aware of symptoms that might indicate that a young person in their organisation is developing a mental health problem. However, the course may also provide some useful information on how to assist a young person who has a history of mental illness or longer-term
mental health problems.

  • The training for the senior youth leaders will be held at the Water Services Corporation Training Centre in Luqa.
  • The course for the Senior Youth Leaders consists of 14 contact learning hours which are delivered through 4 sessions of 3.5 hours each.
  • The sessions are delivered over two weeks in the afternoon 14:30hrs to 18:00hrs.

Eligibility: youth leader is a member or an employee of a registered  Voluntary Organisations or a public entity working with youths.

The youth leaders need to fill in an individual registration form.

The registration of voluntary organisations youth leaders 19+ is FREE OF CHARGE. Most of the details requested in the registration are required since the training is EU funded, which obliges us to collect such data.
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Course for work managers and supervisors working with youths

The course is for managers and supervisors who have frequent contact with young people (16 to 30 years old) at work.

It is most relevant in situations when it is first becoming apparent to an adult that a
young person at work is developing a mental health problem. However, the course may also provide some useful information on how to assist a young person who has a history of a mental illness or longer-term mental health problems.

  • The training will be held at the WSC Training Centre in Luqa.
  • The course for managers and supervisors consists of 12 contact learning hours which are delivered through 4 sessions of 3 hours each.
  • The sessions are delivered over one week on two days 9:00hrs to 15:00hrs.
  • Refreshments will be provided.
  • The first training cohorts will be delivered from May to August
  • There will also be training cohorts delivered from September to November.

The managers and supervisors need to fill in an individual registration form.

Eligibility:
Level 4 qualification or more;
More than 1 year working in position of manager/ supervisor;
Managers and supervisors at the place of work working with young people.

Selection:
Preference to line managers, health and safety officers and professionals working in human resources.

The registration of the work managers and supervisors is FREE OF CHARGE. Most of the details requested in the registration are required since the training is EU funded, which obliges us to collect such data.
All the groups are fully booked. We cannot accept more registrations for this course for the time being.
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Schools Participation Application

Secondary and post secondary schools can participate following an invitation by Richmond Foundation to take part in the pilot project. Schools need to register as participants in the project.

The courses offered through this project are limited to a small number of schools which form part of the pilot project. The schools will be specifically invited to take part in the pilot/research project.

The aim of the pilot project is to test and measure the impact of the MHFA training within schools in Malta. In order to have as much as possible a full representative sample, the pilot project will cover six (6) schools.

The registration of the schools is FREE of charge
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Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School Participation Application

Post secondary schools can participate following an invitation by Richmond Foundation to take part in the pilot project. Schools need to register as participants in the project.

The courses offered through this project are limited to a small number of schools which form part of the pilot project. The schools will be specifically invited to take part in the pilot/research project.

The aim of the pilot project is to test and measure the impact of the MHFA training within secondary and post secondary schools in Malta. In order to have as much as possible a full representative sample, the pilot project will cover six (6) schools.

The registration of the school is FREE of charge