WOULD YOU KNOW TO HELP?
We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Mental ill health can strike at any time and can affect people from all walks of life. Although things are improving, stigma still exists around mental ill health. As a society, we don’t tend to know how to take care of our mental health like we do our physical health. This means that people may not know how to support a friend, family member or colleague experiencing a mental health issue, or where to go for support with their own mental health. 1 in 4 of us will experience mental ill health in the next 12 months, would you know how to signpost and support your colleague to enable them to receive the appropriate level of care and support that they need.
WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID?
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach participants how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide support and assistance. I am an approved MHFA England Instructor and deliver the two day MHFA course to enable you have a named and accredited Mental Health First Aider in your work place. 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 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.
WHY IS IT RIGHT FOR ME & MY ORGANISATION?
By training to become a mental health first aider you will be making a commitment to the mental health and well-being of all staff within your organisation. Equipping staff with the knowledge and skills needed to create a mentally healthy work place culture. Your organisation will have a deeper understanding of the issues that impact on and relate to people’s mental health and the practical skills that can be used every day, including being able to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and feel confident guiding people towards appropriate support.
WHAT WILL THE IMPACT OF THE TRAINING BE?
By attending the Adult Mental Health Two Day Course your organisation will have a named and accredited MHFA England First Aider.
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
All participants receive a MHFA manual to keep and refer to whenever they need it, a line managers handbook with helpful guidance and advice on how to support employees experiencing mental health issues and how to create a mentally healthy workplace and a certificate to say they are a Mental Health First Aider.
I offer the two day training session for a minimum of 8 and maximum of 16 participants, follow the link for organisations and for more information and request to book. I also deliver this course to individual delegates, please follow the link for individual training for more information and to book. Bespoke training sessions are available upon request.