Mental Health Training for Universities and Students' Unions 

Two Roads Charity delivers award winning mental health training for Universities and Students’ Unions across the UK. 
Universities and Students’ Unions we have worked with include Glasgow, Queens University Belfast, Ulster, Sussex, Aberdeen, Exeter, Royal Veterinary College, Newcastle, Plymouth, Imperial College, Portsmouth, Cardiff, Wrexham, Aberystwyth, Bangor, South Wales, Trinity Saint David, Swansea, Loughborough, Westminster and the London School of Economics. 
 
We deliver our programmes directly or we train your staff and volunteers to deliver through our Train the Trainer Programme
 
 
 

Programme 1: Suicide Prevention Skills 

Our Suicide Prevention Programme lasts for three hours and has the overall objective of developing basic suicide prevention skills in participants. The training programme is structured as follows: 
 
 
 
Section 1: 
Myths and Facts around Suicide 
Exercise covering many of the most common myths around suicide. 
Section 2: 
Emotional Resilience and Depression 
What is resilience, and why it is so important. 
Protective and risk factors. 
Clinical depression. 
Recovery from depression – what works? 
Section 3: 
Depression and Suicide Risk 
What is suicide? 
Why would someone consider suicide? 
How we can reduce suicide risk – World Health Organisation. 
Can we save someone? 
Why might someone not ask for help? 
Why might someone not try to help? 
Section 4: 
Safely helping someone – using the Look Listen Link model 
Look Listen Link Model 
Look for the signs – IS PATH WARM FOR 
Listen and Ask – Active listening model. 
Link to the help that is available- Crisis, Serious Concern or Needs Help 
 
 
 
 
 
“The programme was exceptionally informative and has given me the confidence to ask more direct questions in the appropriate circumstances. Despite the serious nature of the subject there was humour too which was helpful.” 
Staff Member, Bangor University SU 
"As someone who has had a mental health issue and also has friends with mental health issues - the information that was provided is essential. I will 100% be recommending this to others. Thank you! I feel really glad that a programme like this exists." 
Student, Glasgow SRC 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Programme 2: Emotional Resilience Skills Programme 

Our Emotional Resilience Skills Programme lasts for three hours and has an overall objective of building emotional resilience in participants, as a defence against common mental health issues including clinical depression. The training programme is structured as follows: 
 
 
 
Section 1: 
Emotional resilience as a defence against depression 
Increased understanding of what emotional resilience is, and how it reduces the risk of developing common mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. 
Development of emotional resilience and how we learn to be either high resilient or low resilient. 
Protective factors that build our resilience and protect our mental health. 
Risk factors that damage our resilience and put our mental health at risk. 
Clinical Depression. 
How people respond to negative events in their life. 
Section 2: 
Pessimism and its direct link to depression 
The three elements of Depression and their link to clinical depression: 
Permanence 
Pervasiveness 
Personalisation 
Reducing the impact of pessimistic thoughts. 
Section 3: 
Life skills of resilient people 
Active listening. 
Developing a strategy to improve your mental health. 
Managing your emotions. 
Building personal social capital. 
Accessing help. 

Direct delivery or Train the Trainer 

There are organisations that need us to deliver our training directly to their staff or members; for example, we deliver our training directly to the Met Police and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as part of their Mind Matters Initiative. 
 
Other organisations wish to build their own capacity to deliver our training programmes and we provide a Train the Trainer Programme. Many Students’ Unions have chosen this option including Glasgow, London School of Economics, Royal Veterinary College, Aberystwyth, Ulster, Loughborough, Swansea, Wrexham and Sussex. 
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