Become a Mental Health and Wellbeing Champion

head in handsAre you interested in mental health, wellbeing and supporting your colleagues? Why not become a Mental Health and Wellbeing Champion…

1 in 4 people will experience mental ill health during any 12-month period. Due to the stigma surrounding mental health, many people do not talk about it and as a result, do not get the help they need.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions (MHWC) are here to spot the early signs of mental ill health and start supportive conversations with individuals who may be experiencing mental ill health or emotional distress. They are also here to:

  • Listen to colleagues in a non-judgmental manner
  • Assess the risk of suicide or self-harm
  • Educate teams and managers to spot the signs of mental ill health
  • Maintain confidentiality as appropriate
  • Escalate the matter to the appropriate emergency service, if necessary
  • Encourage colleagues to access appropriate professional support or self-help strategies such as the Employee Assistance Programme or Samaritans

To become a Mental Health and Wellbeing Champion, you must complete the two-day Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course hosted by an external facilitator. MHFA is an internationally recognised training course designed to teach individuals how to spot the signs of mental ill health and to provide support to colleagues.

Training dates & locations:

  • Colindale: Thursday 8th to Friday 9th March (9am to 5pm)
  • Birmingham: Monday 12th to Tuesday 13th March (9am to 5pm)
  • Filton: Monday 12th to Tuesday 13th March (9am to 5pm)
  • Tooting: Tuesday 20th to Wednesday 21st March (9am to 5pm)
  • Liverpool: Wednesday 28th to Thursday 29th March (9am to 5pm)

If you would like to become a Mental Health and Wellbeing Champion and can attend one the training dates listed above, please download and complete the application form and email to jasmin.gill@nhsbt.nhs.uk by Thursday 22nd February.

The MHWC recruitment profile is available on People First.


For more information on the course content, please visit the MHFA England website.


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