San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) 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 on an MHFA course?
The MHFA course will teach you to:
- Spot the early warning signs of a mental health problem
- Feel confident helping someone experiencing a 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
MHFA training is an intensive 12 hour course delivered over a series of 2 sessions. The course is aimed at those without specialist mental health training who might encounter mental health issues in the course of their work, volunteering or within their family and friends network.
About your Trainer
Kirstie Sheehy BA (Hons), M.A, AAPM
Kirstie Sheehy is a Criminologist and Specialist Projects Manager at Lifetimes. Kirstie has been delivering and writing training packages for 15 years and is a qualified City and Guilds Teacher of Adult Learners. Kirstie has developed and managed a large number of award winning and highly acclaimed projects involving offenders, homeless individuals, those with substance misuse issues and mental health problems for 20 years in both the voluntary and statutory sector. Kirstie is a licensed MHFA Standard and MHFA Lite Trainer approved by MHFA England™ and has been delivering MHFA training for many years.
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Lifetimes is the Council for Voluntary Services for Wandsworth supporting voluntary and community organisations in the London Borough of Wandsworth. As a registered charity, we provide training, advice, information, networking and opportunities for participation and involvement in local policy to all voluntary and community organisations in Wandsworth. We also help local organisations with volunteer best practice. We are based at 100 Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 4LA. Access to our offices is via All Saints Passage.