Become a mental health first aider

Mental ill health affects us all

Would you know how 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.

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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 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.

 

What’s involved?


This two day 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-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

 

Format

 

  • Two day face-to-face course delivered across four manageable sessions

  • Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities

  • Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan

  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn


Takeaways


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

More information

 

To ensure we make this mental health training as accessible as possible to all, we have a three tier (subsidised) pricing schedule as follows:

 

Private sector                    £300 per person

Statutory sector                 £200 per person

VCSE sector                      £100 per person

For more information and details on how to book your MHFA England training please contact alison.hambleton@thecfc.org.uk.