What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised two-day training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.
The Standard MHFA training can be attended by adults aged 16 upwards and is relevant for the general population.
MHFA England also offers courses designed specifically for those working and interacting with young people and for anyone in the Armed Forces community.
Everyone on the course is taught a set of skills which enables them to support someone experiencing mental health issues. Each and every MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor, who has attended the seven day evalinstructor training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.
What will I learn on a two-day MHFA course?
Our MHFA instructors deliver training that has been designed to fit into four manageable chunks. These are:
- What is mental health?
- Why mental health first aid?
- The five steps of mental health first aid
- Impact and cost of mental health problems
- Influences on mental health
- Risk and protective factors
- What is depression?
- Alcohol, drugs and depression
- Suicide in England
- How to help someone who is suicidal
- Listening non-judgementally
- First aid for depression
- Treatment and resources for depression
- Self care
- What is anxiety
- When is anxiety a problem?
- Alcohol, drugs and anxiety disorders
- Crisis first aid for panic attacks
- Crisis first aid for acute stress reaction
- Some common thinking distortions
- Treatment and resources for anxiety
- Eating disorders
- What is psychosis
- Understanding psychosis
- Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
- Recovering from psychosis
- Crisis first aid for acute psychosis
- Treatment and resources for psychosis
- Action planning for using MHFA
Everyone who attends the course will receive a copy of the MHFA manual and workbook, which are both excellent support resources. When you have completed the course you will also receive a certificate to confirm that you are a trained Mental Health First Aider.
How will becoming a Mental Health First Aider help?
The course will:
- Give a deeper understanding of the issues that impact on and relate to people’s mental health
- Teach practical skills that can be used every day, including being able to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health issues
Independent research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA course:
- Raises mental health awareness
- Reduces stigma around mental ill health
- Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
- Encourages people to start a conversation with a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue
- Promotes early intervention which enables recovery
MHFA won’t teach you how to be a therapist, but you will be able to say you’re a Mental Health First Aider.