Mental Health First Aid Training

   30 Jan 2020


Mental Health First Aid teaches people how to help and support someone that may be experiencing mental health difficulties and how to encourage them to seek appropriate help. This is an evidence based programme and topics covered include Depression, Anxiety, Psychosis and Alcohol/Substance Misuse. Places are being funded by the HSE (valued at €300 per person) and hosted by Offaly Local Development Company. Upon completion, participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance and the Mental Health First Aid Manual; a comprehensive resource which can significantly enhance people’s knowledge on this subject.

Mental health First Aid is the help offered to a person who is developing a mental health problem or who is experiencing a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves. It follows the model that has been successful with conventional first aid. Mental Health First Aid is internationally recognised in over 23 countries and over 1 million people worldwide have been trained in Mental Health First Aid skills. Mental Health First Aid teaches participants the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective. They will learn a framework for communication, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person towards appropriate treatments and other supportive help. For more information, please visit

Who Should attend?

Anyone interested in developing their knowledge and skills to help support people who are going through a difficult period in their life or experiencing a mental health difficulty.

DATES: Thursday 20th & Friday 21st February 2020.

PLACES: 20 Max. Please ensure you can attend both full days before securing your booking.

TIME: 9.15am – 5pm. Full attendance on both days is necessary.

BOOKING LINK: Bookings must be made directly by participants using the following link: *Please use voucher code: HSE SPONSERED

VENUE: Offaly Local Development Company, 2nd Floor, Millennium House, Main St, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Postcode: R35 Y7P2. Please visit:

*Refreshments/Light Lunch will be provided.

CONTACT PERSON: Anthony O’Prey, Health Promotion Officer (Mental Health Promotion). M: 087 1785685 E:

This workshop is being hosted by Offaly Local Development Company to encourage participants to visit their new neighbours, Accessible Counselling Tullamore (ACT). ACT is a new Community Counselling Centre based on the 1st Floor, Millennium House, Main St, Tullamore. Participants will get a chance to view this new, purpose built Counselling Centre as well as meet ACT Co-ordinator, Ms Dympna Summerville, who will join us to give a short presentation on this new service.


Counselling Tullamore (ACT) is a not-for-profit community-based counselling centre which provides accessible and affordable counselling and psychotherapy services. Reregistered Charity: CRN 20204856.

ACT aims to support people in the community maintain positive mental health by providing effective and accessible counselling and psychotherapy services. ACT offers one to one counselling for adults over 18 years of age who can self-refer. ACT aim to offer an appointment for assessment within 72 hours of initial contact. For more information or to book an appointment, please phone 057 9352879 or call/text Dympna on 083 355 5951.