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What is Mental Health First Aid?

 This week, 14-20 May, is Mental Health Awareness Week – an annual opportunity to help educate and increase awareness about mental health.

While it will always be preferable to support students and staff to try to maintain good mental health, many of us will from time-to-time need to seek extra help. That’s where the College’s ever-growing network of Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAiders) is the first line of support.

MHFAiders are trained to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and can potentially help stop a crisis from happening. They can do this by recognising warning signs, and they have the skills and confidence to approach and support someone experiencing mental ill-health.

Key information

  • You can recognise MHFAiders by their bright green College lanyards
  • Conversations with MHFAiders are always confidential
  • All MHFAiders have received professional training through Mental Health First Aid England
  • There are more than 280 MHFAiders based across Imperial’s campuses
  • You can contact any one of them – find a full list of MHFAs on the College website (login required)
  • MHFAiders are available to listen and to help, whenever you need them