Mental health first aid training launched at Milton Keynes safety centre

Hazard Alley centre director Jo Green with Dr A.J. Yates
Hazard Alley centre director Jo Green with Dr A.J. Yates

Coures in mental health first aid training are being launched at the city’s safety village.

Hazard Alley at Kiln Farm has teamed up with experts in the field to provide internationally recognised courses which empower people to care for themselves and others.

The centre says it has taken the initiative as one in four people will have symptoms of a diagnosable mental health condition every year.

The courses will be run in conjunction with Dr AJ Yates, the founder and lead trainer of AJMH Ltd. They can teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. They also encourage non-judgemental support and signposting to further resources.

Jo Green, centre director, said: “We could see a need to provide courses that address well-being and are delighted to be able to host training that meet the needs of our community. Providing training that deals with mental as well as physical health seems a logical step forward as we expand our health and safety training programme.”

Dr AJ Yates has over 40 years’ experience of both working and volunteering in the local healthcare sector.

He said: “I visited Hazard Alley when it first opened and was impressed with its friendly atmosphere. It’s such an iconic location. I’m particularly looking forward to running mental health first aid courses here.”

Details of the half day, one-day and two-day course can be found on the AJMH website at www.ajmh.co.uk and on Hazard Alley’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/safetycentre