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Free MHFA Courses for Frontline Professionals

Mind CHWF has partnered with Hackney Council to deliver Mental Health First Aid Training to frontline professionals, who regularly come into contact with those most at risk of experiencing poor mental health.

Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest is working with Hackney Council to deliver free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses to frontline professionals working with those most at risk of experiencing a mental health issue. This includes two-day and half day courses, with information about the two listed below.

The aim of this is to enable staff in public facing roles to understand the importance of mental health awareness, why it is relevant to their role, and why mental health awareness is important when working with those at risk of experiencing mental health issues.

This includes but is not limited to:

teachers, care workers, social workers, youth workers, primary care and secondary care providers, as well as practitioners providing housing and employment support.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis. Adult MHFA courses are for everyone aged 16 upwards. Every MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor who has attended our Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, and is trained to keep people safe and supported while they learn.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at frontline professionals, who regularly come into contact with those most at risk of experiencing poor mental health.

What will I learn?

Learning takes place through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions.

Two Day – Mental Health First Aid:

A practical skills and awareness course designed to give you:

  • A deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect people’s wellbeing, including your own
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to appropriate support

Half Day – Mental Health First Aid

An introductory course designed to increase mental health awareness and give an understanding of how to look after wellbeing and challenge stigma. When you complete your course you will get a certificate of attendance and a manual to keep



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