Education and Training

We have an admirable local reputation for quality, and continually strive to add new and exciting courses and to challenge the ordinary. The Blue Approach has a proven track record and demonstrates its effectiveness through evaluation.

These sessions have been specifically designed to increase participant understanding of mental ill health; give a greater insight into this subject and support individuals more effectively. Most courses can be adapted to meet your company’s needs: we can run one hour introduction sessions or more in-depth one day courses, or anything in between. Where courses require a specific timescale these are indicated.


Mental Health Awareness Training – Aims & Objectives                                      

  • Gain a basic understanding of mental health and mental illness
  • Dispel some of the stereotypes that surround mental health issues
  • Identify the effects of mental health and mental illness
  • Analyse our own attitudes and perceptions towards mental health and mental illness
  • Recognise ways in which to keep ourselves mentally healthy


Depression Awareness Training – Aims & Objectives

  • What is Depression? – signs and symptoms
  • How thoughts can affect mood and how to challenge thoughts
  • How activities can affect mood and identifying unhelpful behaviours
  • How contact with people affects mood and how increasing social activity can improve mood


Stress Awareness Training – Aims & Objectives 

This course is suitable for all staff who are involved in managing or supervising others. During the course delegates will:

  • Understand the cost associated with stress to business
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of stress
  • Explore examples of common worries and stressors
  • Understand the responsibilities of your organisation and its staff when dealing with stress
  • Examine ways in which to alleviate stress and sources of support 


Promoting Positive Manager Behaviour:

Promoting Positive Management Behaviour will help you understand what manager behaviours are important for the prevention and reduction of stress in those being managed, which of these behaviours parts of your management approach are already and which you will need to develop. On completion of the course delegates will have knowledge of how to:

  • Explore the importance of positive management behaviour including emotional intelligence
  • Understand what manager behaviours are relevant
  • Increase awareness of your own behaviour
  • Help you develop an action plan to further enhance and/or develop your skills.


Mental Health in the Workplace: Skills for line managers – only available as a one day interactive workshop

Managing mental health in the workplace is a crucial skill for line managers, human resource managers and occupational health staff.

The aims of the training are to:

  • Enable line managers to promote positive mental wellbeing in the workplace by taking an holistic approach to managing an employee
  • Improve early recognition of stress, distress and mental health conditions at work
  • Develop practical strategies to help staff who experience mental health problems to retain their employment
  • Consider how to maintain or regain good mental health ourselves, including strategies to help cope stress at work


Mental Health First Aid

Is an international educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health


Mental Health First Aid Lite – 3 hour Interactive session                                     

The session will be a mix of presentation, group interaction and a few activities. Our instructors provide a very safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in certain bits, then don’t, we won’t make you do something you aren’t comfortable with.

On completion of the course delegates will have knowledge of how to:

  • Identify the discrimination surrounding mental health issues.
  • Define mental health & some common mental health issues.
  • Relate to people’s experiences.
  • Look after your own mental health.

Mental Health First Aid Course – 2 day interactive session                             

Gain the knowledge and skills to support people with mental health issues and intervene in potential crises. This is a certificated course that will help practitioners in various settings to be better equipped with the First Aid Approach (ALGEE) in order to: Preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves and others.

The aims of the training are: –

On completion of the course delegates will have knowledge of how to:

  • Preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves and others
  • Provide help to prevent a Mental Health problem to developing into a more serious state
  • Promote Recovery of good mental health
  • Provide comfort to a person suffering a mental illness

MHFA for Schools and Colleges                                                                          

As a one-day course, it fits perfectly into schools’ inset training days and busy private school timetables, making it accessible for teaching staff across sectors. The session will be a mix of presentation, group discussions and group work activities.

MHFA for Schools and Colleges has been designed especially with schools in mind. Based on the Youth MHFA course but targeted to meet the needs of educational environments, MHFA Schools will cover key topics around young people’s mental health and wellbeing, with a strong practical focus on how support young people experiencing mental distress.


MHFA for Armed Forces

The Armed Forces MHFA course usually takes place over two full days. The sessions will be a mix of presentation, discussions, and group work activities. Our instructors provide a safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in certain parts, then there is no pressure to.

Armed Forces MHFA is split up into four manageable chunks. These are:

What is mental health, and why Armed Forces MHFA?
Suicide and depression
Anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder

Due to some of the sensitive subjects of our courses we limit numbers to 16 people. We want everyone to feel safe and our instructors can help if people find some parts particularly difficult