Course description

Delegates will gain an understanding of common mental health issues and the knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness. The course gives delegates the ability to spot signs of mental ill health and the skills to support positive wellbeing for themselves and others.

All delegates receive a mental health first aid manual and workbook to support their learning.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for those who want to gain a greater awareness of mental health, to detect early symptoms of some mental health illnesses and the skills to support their own and others’ positive wellbeing.

Please be aware that this course focuses on employees in the workplace and covers subjects that some people may find distressing, including suicide and self-harm. If an attendee feels overwhelmed they can leave the course at any time.

If you feel in advance that this subject may be too distressing for the attendee please do not book them on without first asking them whether they would feel comfortable attending.

If the attendee is unsure whether mental health first aid is right for them, please encourage them to contact us to discuss their concerns.

For support with your mental health, please contact Samaritans on 116 123, or NHS 111.

You do not need any prior knowledge or training to attend, but an interest in the subject is strongly advisable.

Delegates must be 16 or older to attend this course.

Candidates need a basic command of English (defined as Level 2). While we are often able to provide support to people who do not have English as a first language, our ability to do so is limited by the time available and the number of people who require assistance. We may be able to make special arrangements if requested in advance. Please contact us if you need any guidance.

Booking for large numbers of students? Have a look at on-site training options.

Course duration

One day.

Topics covered

  • About Mental Health First Aid
  • About mental health and stress in the workplace
  • Action planning for using mental health first aid
  • Alcohol, drugs and mental health
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • Building a mentally healthy workplace
  • Depression
  • Early warning signs of mental ill health
  • Other mental health issues (eating disorders, self-harm, psychosis)
  • Recovery
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Suicide

 

Assessment and certification

Assessment

There is no formal assessment for this course but delegates must complete all sections of the course.

Certification

On completion of the course, delegates will receive a Mental Health First Aid Champion certificate. Mental Health First Aid England issue the certificates and delegates can expect to receive their certificate one month after attending the course.

Replacement certificates can be requested by contacting MHFA England directly on info@mhfaengland.org.

It is recommended that delegates who complete this course should attend a mental health first aid refresher course every 3 years, to keep their skills up-to-date. 

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