Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust and the Counter Terrorism Unit ran two MHFA courses and this report looks at the feedback from these and further recommended suggested actions.
The study examined the use of MHFA as a resource within the context of establishing the Preventing Violent Extremism agenda, a collaboration between West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust to prevent especially vulnerable adults from being radicalised through mentoring support. Training was offered to such mentors across two MHFA courses.
Feedback from these courses was overwhelmingly positive and highlighted gaps within police officer training, including comments from delegates such as:
“The training was excellent and should be rolled out to all frontline workers alongside the standard & mandatory first aid training. It was the first time in 22 years that I was given what to me was an in-depth explanation of mental health problems.”
Hawkins, N. Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust. 2013: The use of Mental Health First Aid in supporting people working in the Prevent agenda