Our ‘Meet the MHFA’ series, aims to help you get to know the dozens of trained Mental Health First Aiders we have within #TeamGateshead – serving to grow their profiles, create more friendly faces and provide you with more support networks when you’re in need.

The latest colleague to discuss their experience of Mental Health First Aider training is Stacey Meldrum, a Healthcare Assistant within our EAU team who completed training back in January 2023.

Practical insights

Sharing her highlight of the training, Stacey explains: “Reading through different scenarios with the group and hearing real life accounts was the highlight of the course for me. The training was very interesting and informative, the trainer was great and so was the overall atmosphere.

“I’ve always been interested in the different aspects of mental health and hoped to gain a better insight – which I felt I did during the course. I’d encourage those thinking of taking the training to attend and make the most of this great opportunity.”

Register your interest in Mental Health First Aider training:

Throughout 2023 we will be continuing to offer regular Mental Health First Aider courses. To express your interest and be added to a waiting list of colleagues who are looking to complete the two-day training session, complete our registration form. Alternatively, to learn more about the role itself, visit our First Aiders page or download the role description.

Finding a Mental Health First Aider:

A full list of our Mental Health First Aiders can be found on our Find A Mental Health First Aider page, providing you with contact details for all qualified MHFAs who can act as a point of contact for any employee who is experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress.

As #MeetTheMHFA unfolds, we’ll be updating the page to link back to these items – providing you with the chance to get to know a First Aider more prior to making contact, as well as looking at how we reformat the page to more clearly identify which MHFAs are from which business unit.