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What is a Mental Health First Aider?

NDCN’s Mental Health First Aiders have completed a two-day mental health first-aid training course, accredited by Mental Health England. They act as an initial point of contact for staff and students experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. They are trained to recognise the symptoms of mental ill health, provide initial help and guide a person towards appropriate professional help. Mental Health First Aiders are not trained to be therapists, but they are taught how to respond in a crisis.

How can they help?

  • Available for supportive conversation
  • Listen non-judgementally
  • Maintain confidentiality as appropriate
  • Guide you to obtaining further appropriate help, whether through professional support or self-help resources.

Please feel free to get in touch with any of the mental health first aiders (contact details on the right-hand side) and pass on this information to any member of NDCN who you think might benefit from having an informal chat with someone at a convenient location that suits them.

Further resources

If you wish to explore more options, there are a number of websites below which you may useful (please note that these are external to NDCN).

Mental Health England




Find out how the University of Oxford Occupational Health service may be able to help.

Mental Health First Aiders