Boarding school teachers given mental health first aid training

DLD College London has trained six in 10 staff, parents and 30 student mentors in how to support wellbeing

An independent boarding school in London has expanded its mental health provision with wellbeing training for staff and students.

DLD College London has trained six in 10 teaching and support staff in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) as part of a move to increase expertise in the school.

The Westminster Bridge-based college took part in an intensive two-day training course on what staff can do to help students and guide them towards long-term support.

The school’s principal, Irfan Latif, said the scheme had been well-received and he looked forward to continuing the programme.

Vice-principal and qualified MHFA trainer Tom Hadcroft led a three-hour training session for parents as part of the school’s “twilight support” programme. Hadcroft is also leading the school’s “urban boarding experience”.

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Vice-principal Tom Hadcroft is a qualified mental health first aid trainer (credit: DLD College London)

More than 30 students have been trained to become school student peer mentors.

The school opened a wellbeing centre in December 2018. The facility operates the college’s nursing provision, co-curricular activities, counselling, student services, attendance and intervention monitoring and provision, performance and wellbeing coaching, and learning needs support.