2 Day Mental Health
First Aider Course

Mental Health is not a curse word, in fact, it is something we all have. But why is there such a powerful stigma attached? Especially when people are comfortable to sit and discuss their physical issues at work and in social situations?

Mental Health charities and foundations have been slowly chipping away at the social stigma well faced by those who have Mental Health issues. People are beginning to open up about the subject more, but there is still a long way to go.

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

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

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. As a company, we have recognised that the logistics industry is at significant risk of people suffering in silence. It is not uncommon for employees to work a 12 hour day or night shift over a seven day rolling period. People who work long hours miss a lot at home – from their kids growing up, through to family outings and life events. This can cause immense strain.

As well as this, there is the accumulated stress from workload. This is where stress and anxiety starts to rear its head. There’s the panic of ‘we need the work to pay the bills and support the family’ – but having commitments at the expense of seeing your friends and family becomes a dilemma. Who do you let down?

These are few of the many thoughts overworked people can have, especially isolated employees such as drivers. However, with correct training, your MHFA will be able to spot the signs and symptoms creeping in. You may also see trend patterns emerging that you can alert the company of and thus re-arrange workloads or shift patterns.

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 is the course for?

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

This could also be a good role for those who wish to do Physical First Aid but are unable to due to disability, phobia or other particular aspects. Whoever you select should have a good grasp of the English Language.

Who is this course not suited to?

The course is suited for any individual that wishes to take it, but it is strongly advised those who are maybe suffering from their own Mental Health issues do not sit the course as it may slow down their recovery. 

How do I book my course?

You can book your course by phoning 01733 237 115 or emailing wellbeing@altta.co.uk 

Remember, there is no health without mental health.