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Mental Health First Aid

The MHFA course is designed to teach people to spot the first signs of someone developing poor mental health, recognise the symptoms of mental health problems and deal with a crisis situation

The MHFA course is designed to teach people to spot the first signs of someone developing poor mental health, recognise the symptoms of mental health problems and deal with a crisis situation. MHFA encourages us to engage with, support and signpost people to appropriate professional help, as well as exploring some self-care techniques.

This is a two-day training course for between 8 and 16 individuals per session.

Aims and Objectives

People who are trained in Mental Health First Aid can help to:

  • Provide comfort to a person experiencing mental health problems
  • Offer support to prevent a mental health problem becoming more serious
  • Preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others
  • Guide people towards appropriate help
  • Promote the recovery of good mental health
  • Raise awareness of mental health issues in the community
  • Reduce the associated stigma and discrimination around mental health.

What will I learn?

Our quality assured MHFA instructors deliver training that has been designed to fit into manageable chunks. This includes:

  • What is mental health?
  • Common mental health problems
  • Depression and suicide
  • Anxiety, eating disorders and self-harm
  • Psychosis
  • The 5 steps of mental health first aid
  • Looking after your own mental health.

The courses are delivered by our Approved MHFA Instructor who has completed a seven-day programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health. On completion of the two-day course all participants will receive a copy of the 154-page evidence-based MHFA Manual which covers the course content, as well as a certificate of attendance.

Mental Health First Aid Half Day

The half-day introductory course is designed to give people an understanding of mental health problems, how to support those with mental ill health and how to improve their own mental health.

This is a half day training course for between 10 and 25 individuals per session.

Aims and objectives

People who are trained in Mental Health First Aid can help to:

  • To gain a greater understanding, for themselves and others, of some issues surrounding mental health
  • To gain a greater understanding of how and why positive and negative mental health affects business
  • To work more effectively with people experiencing mental health problems

What will I learn?

Mental Health First Aid Half day covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Defining mental health and common mental health problems, including stress, anxiety and depression
  • Identifying the discrimination surrounding mental health problems
  • How to understand and relate to people’s experiences with poor mental health
  • How to provide support to a person experiencing a mental health problem
  • Looking after your own mental health.

The courses are delivered by our Approved MHFA Instructor who has completed a seven-day programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health. On completion of the course all participants will receive a copy of the 154-page evidence-based MHFA Manual which covers the course content, as well as a certificate of attendance.