Mental Health First Aid

2 Day Course
What is Mental Health First Aid?
  • Mental Health First Aid is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

  • Mental Health First Aid 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.

Why become a Mental Health First Aider?
  • Mental health issues are common, 1 in 4 people will experience issues in any one year.

  • Stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sickness absence in our society.

  • Mental ill health is responsible for too many working days lost each year. 

  • Early intervention is vital and Mental Health First Aid provides the skills to identify someone in crisis at the early opportunities.

Who is the two day course great for?

  • Individuals who want to help someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis

  • HR teams who experience mental health issues with their colleagues

  • People managers & leadership teams

  • People supporting a family member or friend with a mental health issue

  • Organisations responding to their company culture and ethical responsibilities

  • Adult Mental Health First Aid courses are for everyone aged 16 upwards.

We deliver the course in four sessions
  1. Mental Health First Aid, mental health, and depression.

  2. Depression (continued) and suicidal crisis.

  3. Anxiety, personality disorders, eating  disorders and self-harm. 

  4. Psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Course Structure

Session 1

Day one - morning

  • 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

Session 2

Day one - afternoon

  • 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

Session 3

Day two - morning

  • 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

Session 4

Day two - afternoon

  • 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

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