King's staff have access to three Mental Health Awareness courses; certain departments might also offer their own bespoke training (e.g. wardens who work in Residences). Each awareness course is designed to give staff a greater understanding of mental health, challenging stigma and a basic knowledge of some common mental health issues.

Upon successful completion of the half-day, one day or two day course, staff will either become a Higher Education Mental Health First Aid Champion or a fully trained Mental Health First Aider. 

A trained Mental Health First Aider can support students by:

  • Providing help on a first aid basis
  • Helping to prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
  • Guiding towards the right support
  • Helping stop mental health difficulties from getting worse 
  • Helping someone recover faster from mental health difficulties

A Higher Education Mental Health First Aid Champion can support students by: 

  • Signposting to the right support through self-help resources, university counselling or the NHS
  • Helping to identify early signs of poor mental health

You can find out more about how we support students' mental health at Counselling & Mental Health Support