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Mental Health First Aid - Adult - 16 hour

Mental Health Building Blocks

Thursday, 5 December 2019 at 09:00 - Friday, 6 December 2019 at 17:00 (GMT)

Mental Health First Aid - Adult - 16 hour

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Mental Health First Aid (Adult) 3 Dec 2019 £210.00 £0.00

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Welcome to the Mental Health First Aid - (Adult) course brought to you Mental Health Building Blocks.

This course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider which means that you will have:

  • An in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing.
  • 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 further support - whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix

Quality mental health training, underpinned by a robust wellbeing strategy, gives people the tools to keep themselves healthy and support each other. It can also help to:

  • Build employees’ confidence to have open conversations around mental health and break the stigma
  • Encourage people to access support early when needed, for a faster recovery
  • Empower people with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive in work
  • Promote a mentally healthy environment, stopping preventable issues and allowing people to thrive and become more productive
  • Embed a long term positive culture across the whole organisation, where employees recognise their mental and physical health are supported as equal parts of the whole person

Is this for me?  

Having access to physical first aiders in the workplace or in our community is the norm now. For example, we expect events, workplaces and organisations to be able to respond quickly if someone has a heart attack. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case when it comes to responding helpfully to someone who might present with a mental health crisis or difficulty. 

MHFA isn’t about being a counsellor or health professional, it’s about knowing how to respond in a helpful way when faced with someone in distress. 

Mental Health First Aid training is ideal for those in a line management or leadership position or have responsibility for looking after others. For example, if you're an employer or in a caring capacity such as nurses and care workers. It might be that you already have physical first aiders and want to expand your skills and abilities. 

MHFA can also be a great way to develop your people and life skills as well as giving you the confidence to talk about mental health and wellbeing. 

Did you know that… 

  • Stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sickness absence in our society. Mental ill health is responsible for 91 million working days lost every year.
  • At least 1 in 6 people are experience mental health problems in the workplace
  • Evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health condition

Course outline  

Session one – day one morning

  • Why Mental Health First Aid?
  • The Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • What is mental health?
  • Impact of mental health issues o Stigma and discrimination
  • What is depression?
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Risk factors for depression
  • Depression in the workplace

 Session two – day one afternoon

  • Suicide figures
  • Alcohol, drugs and mental health o First aid for suicidal crisis
  • Non-judgemental listening skills o First aid for depression
  • Treatment and resources for
  • depression o Self-care

Session three – day 2 morning

  • What is an anxiety disorder? 
  • First aid for anxiety disorders
  • Crisis first aid after a traumatic event
  • Alcohol, drugs and anxiety
  • disorders
  • Treatment and resources for
  • anxiety disorders
  • Cognitive distortions and CBT 
  • Personality disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harm

Session four – day 2 afternoon

  • What is psychosis?
  • Risk factors for psychosis
  • Alcohol, drugs and psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Warning signs of developing
  • psychosis
  • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis 
  • Treatment and resources for
  • psychosis
  • Recovery and building resources
  • Action planning for using MHFA

All participants will receive:

  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health
  • A certificate of attendance to say you’re a Mental Health First Aider

Your trainer

Your trainer will be Jay Thompson, an accredited MHFA England Instructor and practising Registered Mental Health Nurse. Jay has a wide range of experience working for the NHS, private and third sector mental health services in the Isle of Man, London and Coventry. Jay established Mental Health Building Blocks so that more people understand what mental health is and what they can do to make our communities a safer and more supportive place. Jay is an experienced trainer and facilitator who can make training accessible, engaging and practical.


This course will be ran at the ICT – Nunnery in Douglas ( 9am – 5am on the 5th and 6th of December. 

Tea and coffee will be provided, please bring your own lunch. 

This course will be limited to 14 participants. We reserve the right to cancel this course.

If you would like to book on multiple people please get in touch. 

If you are part of a charity please get in touch as we will often a apply a discount. Likewise, if you are an individual who may not be in a position to afford the full course fee do get in touch for a conversation in confidence. 

This course is an accredited course governed by MHFA England. It is not specific to the Isle of Man but is delivered in a way that maximises the content for the needs of the island. 

If you would like to pay via BACS or other method please get in touch and this will be arranged. 


Do you have questions about Mental Health First Aid - Adult - 16 hour ? Contact Mental Health Building Blocks

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ICT- Nunnery
Old Castletown Road
IM21QB Douglas
Isle of Man

Thursday, 5 December 2019 at 09:00 - Friday, 6 December 2019 at 17:00 (GMT)

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