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Mind’s research shows that new recruits can find life in the emergency services tougher than expected. From shift patterns to dealing with distressing situations – they felt their current training didn’t prepare them for the reality.

I first experienced mental health problems within my first year in the service. I’d attended a number of particularly horrendous fatal incidents, which ended up having quite an effect on me…

 

 

 

Course aim:

To help new recruits become more aware of how to take care of their mental health.

Learning objectives:

Part 1

• Increase participants’ awareness of mental health and resilience building

• Understand the tools and techniques that participants can use to help build their resilience
• Understand where to go for support

Part 2

Refresh participants’ understanding of:
• Mental health awareness
• Tips and techniques for wellbeing and resilience
Support participants to:
• Reflect on the impact of their experiences over the last three months and how they have put the first session’s learning into practice
• Plan what they can do in future to look after themselves

Course evaluation

Our evaluation has found that, as a result of the training course:
• 94% of new recruits attending Part 1 agreed it was useful and at the follow-up stage, 32% had applied a coping technique that they had learned and a further 20% intended to try.
• The training led to a significant increase in the percentage of participants who said they understood how to build resilience (48% to 93%). Part 2 increased the likelihood of new recruits implementing useful changes in the longer term.

To read more about our course evaluation, please go to our website here.

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