Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the mental health equivalent of physical first aid. MHFA is an internationally recognised course and MHFA England courses are delivered by instructors that have attended a 7 day programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.
A growing concern:
MIND, the leading mental health charity state that one in four of us are likely to experience a mental health problem each year which is likely to impact on our ability to work. Mental ill health is the single largest cause of disability in the UK when accounting for direct costs of services, lost productivity at work and reduced quality of life [Department of Health].
The role of a Mental Health First Aider
In general the role of a Mental Health First Aider in the workplace is to be a point of contact for an employee who is experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. This interaction could range from having an initial conversation through to supporting the individual to get appropriate help. In a crisis, Mental Health First Aiders are valuable in providing early support for someone who may be developing a mental health issue.
Mental Health First Aiders are not trained to be therapists, psychiatrists or counsellors, but they can offer initial support through non-judgmental listening and guidance.
Mental Health First Aiders are trained to:
Attending this course will provide individuals with:
Who is the training aimed at?
This course is ideal for anyone wanting to become a Mental Health First Aider, including Line Managers, Carers, Wellbeing/Mental Health Champions, HR professionals, Health and Safety representatives and Medical Professionals.
The course is divided into four specific sections covering:
In each section participants will learn how to:
Each delegate receives a Manual and Workbook full of information and resources to support mental health issues. A Certificate of Attendance is also awarded following completion.
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