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2 Day Mental Health First Aider Course

Mental Health is not a curse word; it is something we all have. But why is there such a powerful stigma attached? Especially when people are comfortable sitting and discussing their physical issues at work and in social situations. Throughout the Two Day Mental Health Course we focus on removing that stigma to ensure your workspace is a safe environment for all those who have mental health needs; so everyone.

Everyone is potentially just one minor incident from suffering a mental health problem. Like physical problems, the sooner we can get professional help, the quicker the road to recovery can begin.

What is a Mental Health First Aider?

A Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) is not a psychiatrist or a doctor, but they are a valid team member trained to spot the signs and symptoms of Mental Health issues and signpost them to professional help.

Mental Health issues are more accountable for sick days than physical health problems within the workplace. Stress, anxiety and depression are leading the way with high absence rates. There can be accumulated stress from their workload or personal lives that they cannot help but bring into the workplace. It is easy to understand that anxiety can manifest from numerous things, meaning it is vital for workplaces to ensure there is ample help for mental health.

Your MHFA will be trained to spot the signs and symptoms creeping in with proper training. You may also see trend patterns emerging that you can alert the company of and thus re-arrange workloads or shift patterns to ensure all those in your workplace are cared for.

Mental Health issues now account for more lost time at work than physical problems. Stress, anxiety and depression are leading the way with high absence rates.

Day 1,
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
  •    Risk factors for depression
  •    Depression in the workplace

Day 1,
Session 2

  •    Suicide figures
  •    Alcohol, drugs and mental health
  •    First aid for suicidal crisis
  •    Non-judgmental listening skills
  •    First aid for depression
  •    Treatment and resources for depression
  •    Self-care

Day 2,
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 distortions and CBT
  •    Personality disorders
  •    Eating disorders
  •    Self-harm

Day 2,
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
  •    Treatment and resources for psychosis
  •    Recovery and building resources
  •    Action planning for using MHFA

Who would benefit from this course?

This course is suitable for anyone who wishes to help with Mental Health issues within the workplace. Physical First Aiders may be a suitable candidates as they already have the instinct to observe and help others.

Being an MHFA could also be a good role for those who wish to do Physical First Aid but cannot due to disability, phobia, or other aspects. Whoever you select should have a good grasp of the English Language.

How do I book my course?

You can always gain our contact information via our contact page or call us directly on 01733 237 115.