Mental Health First Aid ( MHFA) Standard course is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health problem. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, mental health first aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health. Developed in Australia in 2000 and now internationally recognised in twenty three countries, the MHFA course teaches people how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues provide help on a first aid basis and effectively guide those towards the right support services. By learning to recognise the signs that someone may be unwell, you may be able to provide initial help, to guide a person towards appropriate professional help, and in its most powerful form, save a life by learning basic suicide intervention skills.
What will I learn?
MHFA Standard course is split up into 4 manageable chunks. These are:
- What is mental health?
- Anxiety and depression
In each section you'll learn how to:
- Spot the early signs of a mental health problem
- Feel confident helping someone experiencing a mental health problem
- Provide help on a first aid basis
- Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
- Help stop a mental illness from getting worse
- Help someone recover faster - Guide someone towards the right support
- Reduce the stigma of mental health problems
How will I learn?
The MHFA Standard course takes place over two full days and participants must attend both days.
The sessions will be a mix of presentation, group discussions and group work activities. We provide a very safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don't feel comfortable joining in certain bits, then don't, we won't make you do something you aren't comfortable with.
Due to some of the sensitive subjects of our courses, including suicide, we limit numbers to 16 people. We want everyone to feel safe and our instructors can help if people find some bits particularly difficult.
You'll receive a MHFA Standard manual that you can take away with you at the end of the course and also an attendance certificate from MHFA England to say you are now Mental Health First Aider.
Who can attend?
The course is simply for everyone! Some of the contents could be quite sensitive and can be upsetting to some so we would only ask you to register if you are over 16 years old (There is a MHFA Course specially for younger participants). We want to ensure that we create a safe and suitable learning environment for all our attendees.
There are many reasons why people might want to train in Mental Health First Aid:
Mental health problems are common, especially depression, anxiety and misuse of alcohol and other drugs. One person in four will experience some form of problem with their mental health in the course of a year.
There is a stigma associated with mental health problems which may hinder people from seeking help. People are often ashamed to discuss mental health problems with family, friends and work colleagues. They may also be reluctant to seek help and support for such problems because of their concerns about what others will think of them.
Many people are not well informed. Understanding how to recognise mental health problems and what effective treatments are available is not widespread. With greater community awareness, people will be able to recognise their own and others’ problems and feel more comfortable about seeking assistance.
Help is not always on hand. GPs, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists can all assist people with mental health problems. However, just as with accidents and medical emergencies, such assistance is not always available when a problem first arises this is when members of the public can offer immediate aid and support the person to get appropriate help.
People may lack the insight to realise they need help or that help is available. Some mental health problems cloud clear thinking and good decision-making: a person experiencing such problems may not realise that they need help or that effective help is available for them. They may be in a state of distress and not be able to think clearly about what they should do.
Members of the general public often do not know how to respond. In a mental health crisis situation, the helper’s actions may determine how quickly the person with the problem gets help and/or recovers.
Those who've done the course include: social care professionals, ambulance staff, staff nurse, family members, foster parents, school teachers, HR and line managers and those with lived experience and many more.
75% refund if written cancellation is received 1 month before the event, 50% refund if written cancellation is received 2 weeks before the event and No refund for cancellations received with less than 2 weeks’ notice.
If you are unable to make an event but would like someone to take your place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org