Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid

The current statistics around mental health show that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year ( Mental health issues are an increasing concern not only within adults but also children and young people. The last national morbidity survey completed for children and young people was in 2004, which found that 1 in 10 children aged between 5 and 16 were reported as having a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder. In 2013/2014 there were 51,000 referrals of 15 – 19 year olds to psychological therapies (NHS, March 2016). This demonstrates an increasing trend in issues around mental health for young people. Poor mental health and low emotional wellbeing has been identified as a common concern that is affecting young people within our E-ACT academies.

To support our children and young people E-ACT have trained ten members of staff to be trained instructors of Youth Mental Health First Aid. This has enabled the instructors to go into the academies and train academy staff as Youth Mental Health First Aiders. This will enable them to provide information, tools and techniques to promote a young person’s mental and emotional wellbeing and support a young person who might be experiencing mental and emotional distress.  Training for academy staff started in September 2017. As a result, E-ACT (North) has currently 80 members of staff fully trained as ‘Mental Health First Aiders’. The training will continued to rolled out every term for all staff who work with children

The Oldham Academy North’s Mental Health First Aiders are:


  • Headteacher Mrs Hallam
  • All members of SLT
  • All Heads of Year
  • Welfare Officer Mrs Boon
  • Pastoral Team: Mr King, Miss Godwin, Mr Islam and Mr Miah
  • Educational Support team: Miss Jones and Mr Patel,
  • Maths Faculty: Miss Sultana
  • English Faculty: Mr Baker, Mr Ganose, Miss O’Malley and Miss Barlow
  • STEM Faculty: Mr Giraud, Mr Roberts, Miss Duncombe and Mr Massey
  • Additional Needs Faculty: Ms Langsfield, Mrs Pedley, Mr Chowdhury and Mrs Ahmed
  • MFL Faculty: Miss Woodhead and Miss Maynock
  • Humanities Faculty: Mr Rees, Miss Hewson, Miss Bibi and Mr James
  • PE Faculty: Miss Smith and Mr Armstrong
  • Creative Arts Faculty: Mr Hobbs and Miss Struthers

In addition Mrs Giraud and Miss Collins have both been trained in Adult Mental Health First Aid.

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