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First Aid - Mental Health

Mental health first aid courses were first developed in Australia; the UK’s Department of Health launched MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) England in 2007 which accredits first aid training courses relating to mental health.

The subject of mental health first aid is becoming increasingly prevalent amongst businesses; the latest HSE reports show that on average, 15.4 million days were lost in 2017/18 due to work related stress, depression or anxiety. This accounts for 44% of all work-related ill health problems and 57% of working days lost to ill health overall, so this is obviously a problem that needs to be tackled.

A parliamentary debate was held in January 2019 around the subject of mental health in the workplaces with the outcome that First Aid regulations need to be updated to ensure that mental health is treated equally to physical health in a workplace environment. There is also the possibility of future law changes to make it mandatory that all businesses to have a member of staff trained as a Mental Health First Aider as well as a physical First Aider.

Mental Health First Aid Course Details

Mental health courses cover a wide spectrum of areas including Stress, Wellbeing and Dementia in a range of workplaces.

These First Aid courses include the following elements:

There are many courses that come under the Mental Health umbrella; some of the most popular are:

  • Two-day Mental Health First Aid – this first aid course aims to enable candidates to be able to recognise the signs of mental ill health and to give them the practical skills needed to support somebody experiencing mental health issues. The course also aims to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and gives successful candidates the successful Mental Health First Aider qualification.
  • One-day Mental Health Champion Training – This aims to teach candidates to be a “Champion” in the mental health area, providing support to both management and co-workers. Ideally, an organisation would have Champions at all staffing levels to provide support of all employees.
  • One-day Mental Health Awareness – This is a one day first aid course designed to teach candidates to understand what “mental health” is and the legal responsibilities surrounding it in the workplace, as well as the most common mental health problems and how to support different people in different ways. Successful candidates will be classed as an Adult MHFA Champion.
  • Two-day Supervising First Aid for Mental Health – This course is aimed at those in supervisory positions in the workplace, including managers, supervisors and leaders. Course content covers the full syllabus of the mental health and first aid courses to ensure candidates can recognise and understand a wide range of mental health conditions and how best to deal with them in an individual case by case manner.

Course Delivery

Different courses last for different durations; some such as the Mental Health Awareness course last for half a day and some over the course of 1-2 days, such as Mental Health First Aid Training and Supervising First Aid for Mental Health.

It is also possible to sit some mental health courses as distance learning options, such as Dementia Awareness and Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty. Please see our available courses for more details below or for more general help or further information please send an enquiry to enquiries@bookmycourse.co.uk

Please click here for further information on the First Aid courses we offer.

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Trainer Course Title Days Price ex. VAT
LC475T Dementia Awareness 0.5 £45.00
CS317C Dementia Awareness - E-Learning E-Learning £30.00
LT472A FAA Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health (RQF) 1 £155.00
LT472A FAA Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health (RQF) 2 £255.00
Introduction to Mental Health in the Workplace 0.5 - 1 from £104.00
G187BT Managing Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace 1 £125.00
M865IM Managing Mental Health in the Workplace 1 £130.00
CS317C Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty - E-Learning E-Learning £30.00
Mental Health & Resilience Management in the Workplace 1 from £150.00
M865IM Mental Health & Supporting Colleagues 1 £130.00
M865IM Mental Health & Supporting Young People 1 £130.00
Mental Health Awareness 0.5 - 2 from £55.00
CS317C Mental Health Awareness - E-Learning E-Learning £30.00
Mental Health Champion Training 1 from £159.00
Mental Health First Aid Training 1 - 2 from £130.00
BR277O Mindfulness & Wellbeing Workshop 0.5 £70.00
LC475T Stress Buster 0.5 £35.00
Supervising First Aid for Mental Health 2 from £185.00
M865IM Wellbeing at Work 0.5 £80.00
A202BM Workplace Mental Health First Aid 1 £200.00
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