Mental Health First Aiders

Mental Health First Aiders

The role of the University of Lincoln Mental Health First Aiders is to be a point of contact and support for any member of staff experiencing a mental ill health issue or emotional distress, in exactly the same way as you would contact a First Aider if you were to have an accident or injury at work.

The role of the Mental Health First Aiders is to recognise mental ill health and help people find the support they need to stay well. They strive to achieve the University of Lincoln’s ambitions of creating an inclusive culture, whereby attitudes and behaviours to mental ill health are not stigmatised, and staff feel able to talk about their mental health without fear of repercussion or judgement. To ultimately create an environment where everyone has the skills to look after their own and others’ wellbeing.

Mental Health First Aiders can

  • Understand the important factors affecting mental ill health
  • Identify the signs and symptoms for a range of mental health conditions
  • Listen non-judgementally and hold supportive conversations
  • Signpost you to professional help and ongoing support

Mental Health First Aiders cannot

  • Diagnose mental health conditions
  • Provide therapy or counselling
  • Provide an ongoing support service
  • Provide an emergency or out of hours service

Meet the Mental Health First Aiders

Hover over the images to read why the individual chose to undertake the training and become a Mental Health First Aider.

“Mental Health is important for all of us and its vital that we are able to help and support those who are in need, and not view it as a stigma.”

“Talking is one of the best starting points in helping people feel better. I want to be part of a community that encourages and welcomes discussions about mental health.We all need to look after each other.”

“Mental health is important because it can affect everything in our daily lives.

It is important to speak about mental health and overcome harmful stigmas that continue to be associated with seeking help or treatment.”

Courtney Wheatley

cwheatley@lincoln.ac.uk

“Our mental health is a fundamental part of our wellbeing, and has an impact on every aspect of the way we live our lives. It’s ok to acknowledge when we are not mentally healthy, and it’s ok to talk about it. We can make positive changes, and we can move forward.”

“I believe that spotting the signs of mental health issues early is key to preventing them from escalating.

I want to be able to support staff as soon as possible and help give them the tools and resources to be able to manage their condition.”

“It is so important for people to have a safe and open environment to talk about mental health.

Everyone should be encouraged to talk freely about their mental health and be able to reach out for support.”

“I have a really good understanding of the complexities of Higher Education and the operations of the University. I want everyone to feel they have someone to talk to and they don’t have to face their challenges alone.”

“I believe that we should consider our mental health in the same way as we would our physical health; the body and the mind are both equally as important and should encourage active discussions around our wellbeing.”

“Our mental health has a big impact on the quality of our lives and it’s important we raise awareness of mental health in order to be able to help others (colleagues) feel better and able to deal with situations they may find themselves in.”

Natasha McLaren

nmclaren@lincoln.ac.uk

“The training has helped me to recognise the signs and symptoms of different mental health conditions and be equipped to offer that first-response help for staff and managers who may be experiencing mental health problems themselves or within their team.”

“I believe mental health is as important as physical health, therefore, as we care for our bodies, I believe in caring for the mind.

We all have mental health and it should be discussed as openly as we discuss other aspects of health.”

“I feel very strongly about removing the stigma attached to mental health and encouraging people to speak out about the problems they are facing.

Everybody has the right to feel heard and supported.”

Stacey Leonard

sleonard@lincoln.ac.uk

“Mental health is so important for overall health and wellbeing at work and in general life, so I wanted to be able to help others efficiently and to the best of my ability in a time of need.”

Stefan Pearce

spearce@lincoln.ac.uk

“I really like to help employees at the University of Lincoln”

How to contact a Mental Health First Aider

  • Please select a member of the team above and email them in the first instance requesting a MHFA support meeting.
  • If you receive an out of office message you can select an alternative member of staff or wait for them to return, dependent on how quickly you wish to talk to someone.
  • In our current working circumstances, on receiving the email the First Aider will arrange a Teams Meeting or phone call with you, based on your preference and each individuals’ availability.
  • In the meeting they will talk to you about how you are feeling and listen empathetically and without judgement.
  • They will give support and information and encourage you to get appropriate professional help if needed or encourage other supports.

Please be assured that your conversation is confidential and will only be shared with the relevant Professional Support with your authority

In an Emergency or Out of Hours

  • Samaritans – For everyone. Call 116 123 / email jo@samaritans.org
  • Call your GP and ask for an emergency appointment
  • Call 111 out of hours – they will help you find the support you need
  • Contact your mental health crisis team – LPFT Telephone: 0800 001 4331 (open 24/7). The helpline is for people 18+ years old.
  • Childline – for children and young people under 19. Call 0800 1111 – the number will not show up on your phone bill.
  • Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men. Call 0800 58 58 58 (5pm to midnight every day). Visit the webchat page.
  • Papyrus – for people under 35. Call 0800 068 41 41 (Monday to Friday 9am to 10pm, weekends and bank holidays 2pm to 10pm) / text 07860 039967 / email pat@papyrus-uk.org.
  • If you have seriously harmed yourself – for example, by taking a drug overdose – call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E. Or ask someone else to call 999 or take you to A&E.
  • University of Lincoln Employee Assistance Programme 
  • If not alone talk to a member of your family or friend.