Are you in need of urgent help?
If you feel that you are in immediate danger of harming yourself or taking your own life, please either:
- Talk to your GP
- Dial 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency department (A&E)
- Call CPFT NHS First Response Service – Freephone 111 – Option 2 (includes access to MIND’s Sanctuary – a safe place for individuals experiencing an emotional or mental health crisis, 6pm to 1am, daily)
If you are not in immediate danger but require support outside of working hours or prefer to speak with someone external to the University please call the Samaritans on 116 123
If you are not in immediate danger but believe that you are in or will soon be facing a mental health crisis, then the Clinical School Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) are available to offer help and advice in times of need. Though not a 24 hour emergency service, the First Aiders are equipped with the following skills:
- Spot the early signs of a mental health issue
- Feel confident helping someone experiencing a mental health issue
- Provide help on a first aid basis
- Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
- Help stop a mental health issue from getting worse
- Help someone recover faster
- Guide someone towards the right support
- Reduce the stigma of mental health issues
If you wish to speak with a MHFA please refer to the contact directory below and please scroll down for information about how to become a MHFA:
Interested in becoming a MHFA?
Following the launch of the Clinical School MHFA scheme in 2016 we are now looking to build on our existing pool of qualified first aiders and welcome expressions of interest from those that would be interested in becoming a MHFA.
Full training will be provided and continuous support will be available in the form of key points of contact. If you are interested in becoming a First Aider please submit your expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Expressions of interest should take the form of a short (no more than one-two paragraphs) detailing why you are interested in joining the scheme and your relevant skills. Please email any queries about the scheme or the training course to email@example.com and a member of the Clinical School Wellbeing Team will happily talk these through with you.