New Public Health England training: Covid-19 Psychological First Aid

Public Health England has developed a new Covid-19: Psychological First Aid online training course for frontline staff and volunteers to help them look after their mental health during the pandemic.

The training course aims to provide frontline staff and volunteers with additional resources on how to take care of their own mental health and wellbeing, how to provide support to those who need it most, and advice on how to cope with difficult situations.

The course aims to support employees to develop their skills and confidence in providing key psychological support to people affected by coronavirus, including providing advice on issues such as job worries, bereavement or isolation, as they carry out their vital work as part of the ongoing coronavirus response.

The course is free for all frontline workers and volunteers and no previous qualifications are required to be enrolled. Learners who join the course will also receive a free digital upgrade so that they can gain unlimited access to the course and any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes, as well as a PDF Certificate of Achievement.

The course takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. There are three parts which can be undertaken in intervals or all in one go.

You can access the training materials for free through the FutureLearn website.