Mental Health First Aid Training

The ambition of the Directors of Penrith Industrial BID is to provide the opportunity for every business within Penrith Business Parks to have a Mental Health First Aider on their staff.  Whether you have been working throughout the pandemic, had staff on furlough or you have been closed, there is a lot of research being published identifying the impact the pandemic has had on the mental health of our workforce. The research is showing there are many aspects of the last year that have impacted people’s mental health;

  • Anxiety about the health of their family and loved ones, or bereavement due to Covid
  • Dependency or addictions brought on due to lockdown; such as on-line shopping, alcohol, eating disorders or gaming
  • Domestic abuse
  • Financial worries either from reduced income during the pandemic or potential future redundancy.

Poor mental health is likely to impact on the productivity of staff members and could lead to on-going absenteeism, which could be very detrimental and have significant financial consequences for many businesses

With this in mind Penrith Industrial BID have appointed a Mental Health First Aid Trainer to provide courses during the autumn and we would like to invite each business to send a member of staff on this training.
The session will focus on common mental health issues affecting adults in society and its impact on and in the workplace

The course will look at:

  • Mental health stigma and barriers to identifying issues/asking for help/accepting help
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Substance use and other addictions such as gambling
  • Suicide
  • Psychosis, eating disorders and self harm
  • What to do in an emergency/how to support or signpost a vulnerable colleague or workmate
  • What a good workplace should have in place to support staff, preventative ideas


You will learn practical tools for supporting friends, family and co-workers. As a mental health first aider, you will feel confident as a first responder and know how to guide someone towards appropriate support. You will not be taught to be a therapist. You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill-health and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.


Dates Available

  • Monday 20th September 2021
  • Thursday 30th September 2021
  • Wednesday 6th October 2021
  • Friday 15th October 2021
  • Tuesday 19th October 2021
  • Tuesday 2nd November 2021
  • Wednesday 10th November 2021
  • Friday 19th November 2021

The courses will be run at Frenchfield Sports Centre, Penrith, dates below on booking form, between 10am and 3pm. This course is free to all businesses who have paid their Business Improvement District Levy. There will be a maximum of 20 people on each course and social distancing measures will be in place, in line with regulations at the time.

Please complete the form below and return it to Amanda Holliday at If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me either by email or 07791722459.

We hope you will join us in this ambition and sign up for this valuable training.

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