Mental Health First Aid

(MHFA)

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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

MHFA wont teach you to become 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

All our instructors are quality assured MHFA instructors who have attended the instructor training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health and are trained to keep people safe and supported while they learn.

The MHFA courses we deliver are:

  • Two Day – Adult Mental Health First Aiders

  • One Day – MHFA Champions

  • Half Day – MHFA Aware

  • Higher Education MHFA

  • Two Day – Youth Mental Health First Aid

Two Day – Adult Mental Health First Aiders

A practical skills 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

Everyone who attends the course will receive a copy of the MHFA manual, a workbook and a Z card (as an aide memoire from the course). When you have completed the course you will also receive a certificate to confirm that you are a trained Mental Health First Aider.

One Day – MHFA Champions

An awareness and skills course which will teach you to:

  • Recognise the main signs and symptoms of common mental health issues

  • Provide initial support

  • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help

  • Be mindful of your own wellbeing

  • Develop an understanding of how you can create and maintain a healthier workforce or community

All delegates will a manual and workbook and will receive a certificate of attendance.

Half Day – MHFA Aware

An introductory course designed to increase mental health awareness and give an understanding of how to look after wellbeing and challenge stigma.

On completion of this course all delegates will get a certificate of attendance and a manual to keep and refer to whenever needed.

How attending a MHFA course helps?

Research and evaluation shows that taking part in a MHFA course:

  • Raise awareness and mental health literacy

  • Reduces stigma around mental health

  • Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues

  • Promotes early intervention which enables recovery

Higher Education MHFA

As specialised Higher Education MHFA instructors, we deliver an intensive one day course which covers key topics:

  • What is mental health?

  • Depression and anxiety

  • Suicide

  • Self-harm and eating disorders

  • Psychosis

  • Mental Health First Aid action plan

The day includes a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. We provide a safe learning environment where participants are supported throughout the course.

How Higher Education MHFA Course Helps?

The course gives a deeper understanding around the issues that relate to student and staff mental health. Participants learn practical skills that can be used every day, including how to spot the early signs of mental ill health.

Research and evaluation shows that taking part in a MHFA course:

  • Raise awareness and mental health literacy

  • Reduces stigma around mental health

  • Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues

Promotes early intervention which enables recovery.

Everyone who completes the course receives a copy of the Higher Education MHFA manual which is an excellent reference and support resource.

As a one day course the Higher Education MHFA fits into the busy academic calendar and can be scheduled at any time of the year
They all get a certificate and badge to say they are an MHFa Champion – someone with the skills and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness, support a culture of positive wellbeing, spot signs of mental ill health and guide a person to a place of support.

Two Day – Youth Mental Health First Aid

Our Youth MHFA course teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

Our course aims to help those who, teach, work, live or care for young people aged 8-18. This course may be attended by anyone 16 and over and is delivered by a quality assured instructor. Completing the two-day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

On completion of this course you will have:

  • A greater knowledge of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing

  • Practical skills, to spot the triggers and signs of mental ill health

  • Increased confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress

  • The knowledge to help a young person by guiding them towards the appropriate support and professional help, in order to recover their mental health. whether this is through self-help sights, NHS, their place of learning, or a mix, whilst engaging with parents/carers and external agencies where deemed appropriate.

  • The ability to provide support to a young person, in order for them to thrive, when they are suffering from a long term mental health issue or disability

  • Enhanced interpersonal skills, in order to engage in non-judgemental listening

  • The tools to look after your own mental health while supporting a young person

The course is delivered in four chunks:

  1. About mental health

  2. Depression and anxiety

  3. Suicide and psychosis

  4. Self-harm and eating disorders

The course is focused on issues surrounding cyber-bullying and substance misuse, common issues faced by young people today, while promoting protective factors and good parenting.

On the completion of this course all delegates are given a Youth MHFA manual to refer to whenever they need it, and a certificate to say that they are a qualified Mental Health First Aider.