Training Services

Most of our courses can be run virtually, please enquire for more information.


Right now, 1 in 6 workers will be dealing with a mental health problem such as depression, anxiety or stress.

Organisations perform better when their staff are healthy, motivated and focused.

Here at Buckinghamshire Mind we can support your staff to stay well, both in the workplace and in their personal lives, through our interactive and informative professional training workshops and presentations.

All our courses are suitable for managers and staff in the private, public or voluntary sectors.

If you feel you require any support to access this service, for example hearing loop, translator or mobility aids, please call 01494 463364 or email info@bucksmind.org.uk and we will get back to you to discuss your individual needs.

Below is a short video by our Training Services Lead, Jo Brennan, which was produced for World Mental Health Day.

To find out more about the training courses we offer, please click on the course headings below.

Guided Meditation SessionIntroduction to Mental HealthAdult Mental Health AwareYouth Mental Health AwareSuicide First Aid Through UnderstandingSuicide First Aid LiteAdult Mental Health First AidYouth Mental Health First AidMindfulness CourseWellbeing in the Workplace (For Managers & HR staff)Wellbeing in the Workplace (For employees)Working Well from HomeUnderstanding DepressionUnderstanding AnxietyWorking in the New NormalHaving Sensitive ConversationsImproving Mental WellbeingCoping StrategiesCONTACT US

Guided Meditation Session

Designed to run over a lunch time or before/after work, the guided meditation training, is an introduction to the science of meditation. This includes the benefits of using meditation in the workplace and provides an opportunity for employees to experience relaxation techniques practically.

  • Course Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Number of Delegates: 8 minimum, 25 maximum
  • Cost: Please get in touch to discuss

We would be delighted to discuss your individual training needs, for more information please contact training@bucksmind.org.uk

Introduction to Mental Health

A short, interactive presentation which can run over a lunch time.

Topics covered include:

  • mental health
  • mental wellbeing
  • workplace wellbeing
  • signs of stress and signposting for mental health crisis.
  • Course Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Number of Delegates: 8 minimum, 25 maximum
  • Cost: Please get in touch to discuss

We would be delighted to discuss your individual training needs, for more information please contact training@bucksmind.org.uk

Adult Mental Health Aware

The half day course is an introductory session to raise awareness of mental health.

It is designed to give you:

  • An understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma.
  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues.
  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing.
  • Confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue.
  • Course Duration: Half Day (4 hours)
  • Number of Delegates: 8 minimum, 16 maximum
  • Cost: Please get in touch to discuss

We would be delighted to discuss your individual training needs, for more information please contact training@bucksmind.org.uk

Youth Mental Health Aware

This introductory session raises awareness of young people’s mental health.

It covers:

  • Some of the common mental health issues affecting young people, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis.
  • Skills to work more effectively with young people living with mental health issues.
  • Ways to support young people with a mental health issue and relate to their experiences.
  • Course Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Number of Delegates: 8 minimum, 16 maximum
  • Cost: Please get in touch to discuss

We would be delighted to discuss your individual training needs, for more information please contact training@bucksmind.org.uk

Suicide First Aid Through Understanding

A one-day programme for organisations and communities on how to have a conversation that could save a life. The programme provides an empathic, person-centred approach, based on trust, understanding and excellent communication with participants and across groups.

  • Course Duration: 1 Day
  • Number of Delegates: 8 minimum, 16 maximum
  • Cost: Please get in touch to discuss (includes City & Guilds qualification)

We would be delighted to discuss your individual training needs, for more information please contact training@bucksmind.org.uk

Suicide First Aid Lite

The Suicide First Aid Lite course gives learners the knowledge and tools to understand that suicide is one of the most preventable deaths and some basic skills that can help someone with thoughts of suicide stay safe from their thoughts and stay alive.

This easy to grasp session gives the first step in greater understanding and confidence to intervene with people at risk of suicide. Suitable for those with no prior knowledge of the
subject, it teaches the skills needed to identify someone who may be thinking about
suicide and how to direct them to a suicide first aider for further support.

  • Course Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Number of Delegates: 8 minimum, 16 maximum
  • Cost: Please get in touch to discuss

We would be delighted to discuss your individual training needs, for more information please contact training@bucksmind.org.uk

Adult Mental Health First Aid

This training course, will teach you (and your organisation) how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

Our Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) two-day training is accredited by MHFA England and qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider.

Mental Health First Aiders have:

  • An in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills, such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix

You will also get an up-to-date and comprehensive MHFA manual and a Mental Health First Aider certificate.

  • Our instructors provide a safe, inclusive and supportive learning environment. No prior knowledge of mental health is necessary
  • Course Duration: 2 Day
  • Number of Delegates: 8 minimum, 16 maximum
  • Cost: Please get in touch to discuss

We would be delighted to discuss your individual training needs, for more information please contact training@bucksmind.org.uk

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Our Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) two-day training is accredited by MHFA England and qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

This course is for anyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18. We train the adults in a young person’s life to have the skills and confidence to step in, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, they can speed up a young person’s recovery, stop issues from developing into a crisis, and ultimately save lives.

Youth MHFA Two Day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Youth Mental Health First Aiders have:

  • An in depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing.
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills, such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix – engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate
  • Ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive
  • Tools to look after their own mental wellbeing

You will also get an up-to-date and comprehensive MHFA manual and a Mental Health First Aider certificate.

  • Our instructors provide a safe, inclusive and supportive learning environment. No prior knowledge of mental health is necessary
  • Course Duration: 2 Day
  • Number of Delegates: 8 minimum, 16 maximum
  • Cost: Please get in touch to discuss

We would be delighted to discuss your individual training needs, for more information please contact training@bucksmind.org.uk

Mindfulness Course

The mindfulness course is a program of 1-hour workshops held weekly over an 8-week period and is designed to introduce the principles and practice of mindfulness meditation, enabling participants to develop their own practice as a part of a self-care plan.

The course aims to help participants to:

  • Find out more about the principles and practice of mindfulness and meditation.
  • Learn how mindfulness promotes physical, emotional and mental relaxation leading to a sense of personal well-being and freedom.
  • Understand what is meant by life balance and be able to implement work/home life balance, including setting boundaries.
  • Consider the role of positive thinking, identify negative thinking and how to control it.
  • Recognise mindfulness and the relaxation response and identify strategies which promote relaxation in their own lives.
  • Tools to look after their own mental wellbeing
  • Course Duration: 1 hour a week for 8 weeks
  • Number of Delegates: 8 minimum, 25 maximum
  • Cost: Please get in touch to discuss

We would be delighted to discuss your individual training needs, for more information please contact training@bucksmind.org.uk

Wellbeing in the Workplace

For Managers & HR staff

Suitable for managers, leaders and HR staff who are keen to promote positive workplace mental wellbeing by taking a holistic approach to managing employees. The course explores how to support employees before, during and after a mental health problem, common problems exacerbated by work, and provides strategies to help improve workplace wellbeing and employee relations.

  • Course Duration: 1 Day
  • Number of Delegates: 8 minimum, 25 maximum
  • Cost: Please get in touch to discuss

We would be delighted to discuss your individual training needs, for more information please contact training@bucksmind.org.uk

Wellbeing in the Workplace

For Employees

Suitable for anyone wanting to increase their understanding of mental health and wellbeing at work. At the end of the training, participants will feel more confident to, recognise the early signs of their stress and distress in the workplace and understand the importance of their mental health and physical health.

  • Course Duration: 1 Day
  • Number of Delegates: 8 minimum, 25 maximum
  • Cost: Please get in touch to discuss

We would be delighted to discuss your individual training needs, for more information please contact training@bucksmind.org.uk

Working Well from Home

The course aims to explore the challenges of working from home and how this can affect our mental health and learn some wellbeing tools to manage this. There are many reasons to embrace the benefits of working from home. However, this way of working can impact our wellbeing.This workshop is an opportunity to discuss the challenges faced by working from home and consider:

  • Where your strengths lie and strengths as a company.
  • What works best for your situation.
  • Ideas you can contribute and take away.
  • Learn some relevant wellbeing tools.
    • Course Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
    • Number of Delegates: 8 minimum, 25 maximum
    • Cost: Please get in touch to discuss

    We would be delighted to discuss your individual training needs, for more information please contact training@bucksmind.org.uk

    Understanding Depression

    This course is designed to promote awareness of Depression giving an indication of strategies which can improve wellbeing for those experiencing it. Suitable for those supporting someone experiencing Depression or those diagnosed.

    At the end of this workshops, participants will feel more confident to:

    • Understand mental health, mental wellbeing and mental ill health and how they interact together.
    • Understand what is meant by the term Depression.
    • Recognise the early signs and symptoms of Depression.
    • Learn about the causes and treatment for Depression.
    • Consider how to maintain or regain good mental health and identify strategies for self-care.
    • Have signposting for when an individual or family member is going through Depression, learning of useful contacts.
      • Course Duration: 2 hours
      • Number of Delegates: 8 minimum, 25 maximum
      • Cost: Please get in touch to discuss

      We would be delighted to discuss your individual training needs, for more information please contact training@bucksmind.org.uk

      Understanding Anxiety

      A course designed to promote awareness of anxiety disorders, giving an indication of strategies which can improve wellbeing for those experiencing it. Suitable for those supporting someone experiencing anxiety or those diagnosed.

      At the end of this workshops, participants will feel more confident to:

      • Understand mental health, mental wellbeing, and mental ill health and how they interact together.
      • Understand what is meant by the term Anxiety Disorder.
      • Recognise the early signs and symptoms of Anxiety.
      • Learn about the causes and treatment for Anxiety.
      • Consider how to maintain or regain good mental health and identify strategies for self-care.
      • Have signposting for when an individual or family member is going through Anxiety, learning of useful contacts.
        • Course Duration: 2 hours
        • Number of Delegates: 8 minimum, 25 maximum
        • Cost: Please get in touch to discuss

        We would be delighted to discuss your individual training needs, for more information please contact training@bucksmind.org.uk

        Working in the New Normal

        This course aims to support workplaces to navigate the challenges faced during Covid and provide guidance to empower businesses to build back better, whilst supporting good mental health.

        The course aims to:

        • Explore common concerns and feelings around returning to work post Covid.
          Understand the impact of the pandemic on our brains and how this has affected us and our work.
        • Develop strategies to navigate the challenges of reopening and ‘reverse culture shock’.
        • Learn how we can safeguard our mental wellbeing ‘building back better’.
        • Understand the importance of workplace wellbeing on our mental health and have signposting when we need support.
          • Course Duration: 2 hours
          • Number of Delegates: 8 minimum, 25 maximum
          • Cost: Please get in touch to discuss

          We would be delighted to discuss your individual training needs, for more information please contact training@bucksmind.org.uk

          Having Sensitive Conversations

          A course designed to highlight and explore practical steps we can take to help support someone’s mental health. Suitable for those supporting someone experiencing a mental health illness. There is also a course for supporting Children & Young People, please email to enquire about this version.

          At the end of this workshop, participants will feel more confident to:

          • Consider how to have a conversation about someone’s mental health supportively.
          • Discover innovative ways of improving wellbeing.
          • Highlight practical steps we can take to reduce the impact on our mental health.
          • Know what to do when someone is experiencing a mental health crisis.
          • Be able to signpost people to organisations that can support someone’s mental health in times of crisis.
            • Course Duration: 2 hours
            • Number of Delegates: 8 minimum, 25 maximum
            • Cost: Please get in touch to discuss

            We would be delighted to discuss your individual training needs, for more information please contact training@bucksmind.org.uk

            Improving Mental Wellbeing

            A course designed to promote understanding of mental wellbeing, the role of wellbeing on our mental health and strategies to improve mental wellbeing. Suitable for employees, for those supporting someone experiencing mental ill health or for anyone interested in self-development.

            At the end of this workshop, participants will feel more confident to:

            • Define mental wellbeing and explain why it is important to your mental health.
            • Understand the link between mental wellbeing and resilience.
            • Understand the consequences of not looking after our wellbeing and the impact on our mental health.
              • Course Duration: 2 hours
              • Number of Delegates: 8 minimum, 25 maximum
              • Cost: Please get in touch to discuss

              We would be delighted to discuss your individual training needs, for more information please contact training@bucksmind.org.uk

              Coping Strategies

              The coping strategies course explores the challenges we face in life and seeks to highlight practical steps we can take to reduce the impact on our mental health. Suitable for employees, volunteers, those supporting someone experiencing a mental health illness or anyone interested in personal development.

              At the end of this workshop, participants will feel more confident to:

              • Understand what we mean by the term coping and our responses to stressors.
              • Consider different coping styles such as maladaptive and active/avoidant.
              • Recognise ten different types of coping strategy.
              • Learn about the coping strategies which can improve mental wellbeing and self-worth.
              • Create a toolkit of coping strategies for ourselves to refer to.
              • Have signposting for useful contacts to access support when needed.
                • Course Duration: 2 hours
                • Number of Delegates: 8 minimum, 25 maximum
                • Cost: Please get in touch to discuss

                We would be delighted to discuss your individual training needs, for more information please contact training@bucksmind.org.uk

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