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Become a Mental Health First Aider

This two day programme is delivered in-house or through live trainer-led virtual sessions to a maximum of 16 of your staff.   

This online course trains you as a Mental Health First Aider, giving you:

  • 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-judgmental 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

Everyone who completes the course gets:
 

  • A certificate of attendance to say you are a Mental Health First Aider

  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it

  • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan

  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health

Topics Covered

Session 1

• 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

• Depression in the workplace

Session 2

  • Suicide figures

  • Alcohol, drugs and mental health

  • First aid for suicide crises

  • Non- judgmental listening skills

  • First aid for depression

  • Treatment and resources for depression

  • Self-care

Session 3

  • 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 disorders and CBT

  • Personality disorders

  • Eating disorders

  • Self-harm

Session 4

  • 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

  • Recovery and building resources

  • Action planning for using MHFA

Become a Mental Health 'Champion'

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This one day course is delivered in-house or through live trainer-led virtual sessions to a maximum of 16 of your staff.   

This course raises awareness of mental health. It covers: 

  • An understanding of common mental health issues  

  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness

  • Ability to spot signs of mental ill-health 

  • Skills to support positive wellbeing
     

Everyone who completes the course gets:
 

  • A certificate of attendance to say you are Mental Health Champion

  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it

  • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan

  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health

Become Mental Health 'Aware'

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This half day course is delivered in-house or through live trainer-led virtual sessions to a maximum of 25 of your staff.   

This course raises awareness of mental health. It covers: 

  • What mental health is and how to challenge stigma

  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues

  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing

  • Confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue
     

Everyone who completes the course gets:
 

  • A certificate of attendance to say you are Mental Health Aware

  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it

  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health

MHFA Refresher

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This half day course is delivered in-house or through live trainer-led virtual sessions to a maximum of 25 of your staff.   

The four hour MHFA Refresher course will empower you to: 

  • Keep your awareness of mental health supports current.

  • Update your knowledge of mental health and what influences it.

  • Practice applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan

    Please note that the MHFA Refresher is only for people who have completed an Adult Mental Health First Aider course.
     

How often should MHFA England skills be refreshed? 

  • Just like physical first aid, we recommend that Mental Health First Aiders and MHFA Champions attend a Refresher course every three years.
     

  • If it's time to refresh your skills, book onto an MHFA Refresher course now and feel confident that you are performing your vital role safely.