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:
If you are unable to get hold of the first MHFA you try then please use the directory to contact another MHFA.
What is a Mental Health First Aider?
A Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) in the School of Clinical Medicine is someone who has attended a two day accredited MHFA England training course and following this training wishes to volunteer to be a MHFA for the School.
What are the aims of Mental Health First Aid in the School?
- To preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others.
- To provide initial help to a person experiencing a mental health problem/crisis.
- To guide a person towards appropriate professional help by providing them with appropriate information and sign posting.
Who should I contact if I am interested in becoming a Mental Health First Aider?
Although initially a small team, the Mental Health First Aider group now consists of 15 trained staff from across all Departments and staff categories. If you are interested in becoming a Mental Health First Aider or would like to leave feedback following the use of the service please contact the Wellbeing Team via email.