Public Health England have today (15 June 2020) launched an updated Psychological First Aid training open to all frontline and essential workers and volunteers.

This course teaches the key principles of giving psychological first aid in an emergency and aims to increase awareness and confidence to provide this type of support to people affected by COVID-19.  Psychological First Aid is a globally recognised training in emergency situations and Public Health England has developed this new course as part of our national incident response, in partnership with NHS England, Health Education England, FutureLearn and others.

The course is free, and no previous qualifications are required.  By the end of the course, outcomes will include: understanding how emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic can affect us, recognising people who may be at increased risk of distress and understanding how to offer practical and emotional support. The course takes around 90 minutes to complete and is also available in three sessions for the learner to complete at their own pace. 

Find out more about the course and sign up here