Train the Trainer Guidance for Applicants

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Train the Trainer Courses Guidance for Applicants.


In April 2019 the North Yorkshire Community Learning Partnership (NYCLP) was approached by NYCC’s Public Health, via the Stronger Communities team to develop a Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Training Hub to support them to achieve the vision of the Suicide Prevention Strategic Group

“… to work together to reduce the numbers of people lost to suicide whilst providing support to those affected by self-harm and suicide in North Yorkshire”

 as well as contributing to the stated aims of the Stronger Communities Programme to

“… encourage communities to work with us, identifying local solutions and actions in order for all communities in North Yorkshire to have greater collective control of their own wellbeing.”

Mental Health and Well-being

Mental illness is a leading cause of disability in the UK. Stress, anxiety and depression were the leading cause of lost work days in 2017/18. The cost of poor mental health to the economy as a whole is estimated to be far in excess of what the country gives the NHS to spend on mental health.  So, reducing the impact of common mental illness can also increase our national income and productivity (Source: NHS Long Term Plan – January 2019)

Between 2015 and 2018 in North Yorkshire the highest number of suicides were among men aged 40-59 (40%) and this reflects the national picture.

The average age of all those who have taken their life by suicide is age 50. The average age is slightly lower for males (49) and females is slightly higher (53).

The number of suicides vary by district with Scarborough district witnessing the highest number of suicides between 2015 and 2018 (45) in comparison to Richmondshire district with the least.

This highlights the impact deprivation can have as Scarborough is one of the most deprived areas in North Yorkshire.

Communities play a crucial role in the prevention of poor mental health and the promotion of good mental health and wellbeing and community engagement and development are therefore part of the core deliverables of what “good” looks like in the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health PHE 2017

Our outcomes

Development of the North Yorkshire Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Training Hub will provide a delivery partnership with qualified, experienced trainers in all districts of North Yorkshire. The aim of the Hub will provide is to:

  • Reduce stigma and discrimination
  • Develop mentally healthy communities and workplaces
  • Reduce loneliness and social and emotional isolation
  • Reduce suicides.

The Offer

This opportunity has been created via a partnership between NYCC Public Health & Stronger Communities Programmes, the NHS and the NYCLP. The partners are keen to increase training capacity across a range of accredited mental health and suicide prevention training courses in order to ensure that access to mental health training is widely available to individuals and organisations across the county.

You are being invited to apply to receive funded support for a named candidate from your organisation to undertake ‘train the trainer’ courses. The offer includes funding for the training course along with registration and all course materials. Courses currently being offered are:

  • Mental Health First Aid (Adults) – MHFA England
  • Mental Health First Aid (Young People) – MHFA England
  • ASIST – Suicide Intervention Skills Training – Grassroots Suicide Prevention
  • SafeTALK – Suicide Alertness for Everyone – LivingWorks.

If your application is successful and on completion of the training, your organisation will join the Directory of Approved Providers on Headfirst: The Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Training Hub.

NB: You will also be required to join your local group of the North Yorkshire Community Learning Partnership and upload your services on to the county wide community services directory North Yorkshire Connect

Application Form Guidance

Please complete the application form whilst taking account of the guidance below. Please note the word count for each question.

Section One: Tell us about your organisation

Guidance Note 1:

Please complete the contact details of the organisation that is applying for the grant, including an appropriate named contact person who we will liaise with throughout the grant application process.

Guidance Note 2:

Q5 – Applications are open to a range of organisations including voluntary and community groups, social enterprises, schools & colleges, statutory bodies, faith groups (see note 1) and businesses and sole traders/employers (see note 2).

Note 1: Faith groups are welcome to apply but services which evangelise or proselytise religious beliefs will not be eligible.

Note 2: Commercial organisations are welcome to apply however they must be able to demonstrate that any funded activities do not generate any private profit.

Guidance Note 3:

Q6 – Please note that all providers included in the Directory will be required to become members of the North Yorkshire Community Learning Partnership.

Section 2 – Developing Capacity, Train the Trainer

Please tell us about the candidate you wish to propose for the Train the Trainer opportunity.

Guidance Note 4:

Q12 – This is where you can tell us about your candidate and why they are suitable for the training investment – please provide as much detail as possible. You will be required to supply scanned copies of any original training certificates and submit them with your application.

General Terms & Conditions

  1. To be eligible for a funded place the candidate must be prepared to be registered on the Hub for a minimum of 12 months following completion of the training, otherwise part of the course fee must be re-paid, pro-rata.
  2. Each course requires candidates to deliver a minimum number of courses every year. We would expect all funded candidates to deliver a minimum of one free course in the first 12 months for groups or individuals nominated by North Yorkshire County Council.

How to Apply

All applications must be made on the Head First: Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Training Hub –Train the Trainer Courses Application Form.  The applications will then be evaluated and determined by a panel comprising representatives from NYCC Public Health, NYCC Stronger Communities and NYCLP.  Applicants will be notified regarding the outcome of their application within 4 weeks of submission.

If you would like further information about the opportunity or would like to discuss the submission of an application, please contact:

Amber Graver

Research Associate, NYCC

07548 134088