MHFA Training Courses

General Overview

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an educational course which teaches people the skills and knowledge to identify, understand and support a person who may be developing a mental health illness. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid courses teach you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health developing. MHFA is not about diagnosis, nor giving counselling or psychotherapy. As a physical first aider does what they have been taught to support an injured person whilst waiting for an ambulance and paramedics to arrive, a Mental Health First Aider supports and signposts an affected person to appropriate help.


Developed in Australia in 2000 and now internationally recognised in over 26 countries, the MHFA courses teach people how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues; provide help on a first aid basis and effectively guide someone towards the right support services.


Mental health awareness and first aid courses are suited to a wide range of interest groups and time requirements. The 2-day MHFA training courses are intensive. All the courses are aimed at those without specialist mental health training or knowledge. At the least, you will gain the language, knowledge and skills about mental health and mental ill-health to make a difference. You may even find it liberating and life-changing. The available courses are summarised here and detailed further down the page.


Our face to face courses for adults aged 16 years and older, in summary:

  1. MHFA 2-day course, ideally groups of 8-16 people. You may call yourself a “Mental Health First Aider” afterwards.
  2. MHFA 1-day, aimed at the time-poor, works well in business situations, ideally groups of 8–16 people. This course makes you a “Mental Health Champion.”
  3. Mental Health Aware Half-day – an introductory mental health awareness course, 4 hours for groups of 8-25 people. At the end of it you are “Mental Health Aware.”
  4. MHFA Adult refresher course – one half-day, if you did the two-day or one-day course three or more years ago this is your skills and knowledge refresher. Groups of 8-16 people.


Every delegate completing our courses receives a manual, a workbook, a summary card and a certificate as appropriate and relevant to each course.


How do we learn on these courses? Each course is led by an experienced MHFA England accredited instructor using presentations, films, group discussions and activities in a safe and supportive environment. Our instructors have all completed a seven-day programme accredited to Mental Health First Aid England and audited by the Royal Society for Public Health.

  

Why does your organisation need MHFA training?

All businesses employing 5 or more people are required by law already to have a member of staff trained in physical first aid skills. It is a matter of time, and expected to pass through parliament in the next few years that this requirement will be extended to mental health first aid skills (work is already occurring in this regard).


Secondly, mental health issues affect 1 in 4 people each year. At any given time 1 in 6 working-age adults have symptoms associated with mental ill health. How many people does your organisation employ and how many people are affected by the symptoms of mental ill health using that statistic? What impact is that having on your bottom line and HR costs? Mental ill health is responsible for 72 million working days lost and costs £34.9 billion each year. 70 – 75% of people with diagnosable mental illness receive no treatment at all, usually due to the perceived stigma and discrimination around mental illness and a lack of knowledge that they are actually ill. We must talk about our mental health more.


Thirdly, if your organisation is known as one that positively supports employee wellbeing you will become a preferred employer. This will enable you to attract a better calibre of staff resulting in higher productivity, better staff morale, lower staff churn and an improved bottom line.


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