Online Mental Health First Aid Adult Two-Day Course

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Become a Mental Health First Aider

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist – but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.

You’ll also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.

What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma in the world around you.

Mental Health First Aiders 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

NEW Virtual Online Course

This new live course is based on the content from the Adult MHFA Two Day course, has the same learning outcomes and on completion learners will receive a Mental Health First Aid certificate.

The online Mental Health First Aid is made up of both individual learning activities and a series of live sessions hosted on our new MHFA England Online Learning Hub. Individual learning will be based on a combination of videos, workbook activities and reading. The live sessions are led by your approved MHFA England Instructor, Jane Nathan, who has a wide range of experience in the area.

What to expect

• We limit numbers to 12 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.

• You will get an MHFA manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it. When you complete the two days you'll get a certificate to say you are a Mental Health First Aider.

Learning takes place across four manageable sessions. Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan.

The next course will take place on the following dates:

14th July @ 2-4pm

16th July @ 2-4pm

21st July @ 2-4pm

23rd July @ 2-4pm

Course structure

• Why Mental Health First Aid?

• The Mental Health First Aid action plan

• What is mental health?

• Impact of mental health issues

• Stigma and discrimination

• What is depression?

• Symptoms of depression

• Risk factors for depression

• Depression in the workplace

• Suicide figures

• Alcohol, drugs and mental health

• First aid for suicidal crisis

• Non-judgemental listening skills

• First aid for depression

• Treatment and resources for depression

• Self-care

• 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

• 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

Due to some of the sensitive subjects of our courses, including suicide, we limit numbers to 12 people. We want everyone to feel safe and we can help if people find some topics particularly difficult.

Your MHFA Instructor - Jo Roy FCIPD

Jo Roy FCIPD, is an experienced HR Consultant with over twenty years’ experience supporting mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Jo’s experience spans a number of different industries having worked in housing, manufacturing, rail, higher education and FTSE 100 companies.

Jo has a proven track record of launching Health and Wellbeing strategies to improve employee absence and enhance employee engagement and is knowledgeable about the signs of workplace ill health.

Jo is particularly interested in furthering mental health education and ensuring that Mental Health First Aiders feel confident reaching out to people suffering from mental illness whether that’s their friends, colleagues or families.

For more information please contact Jo on 07824884184 or

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