MHFA training courses were first developed in Australia in 2001. In the years since, it has evolved into a global movement with licensed programmes in 24 countries and counting. Over two million people have been trained in MHFA skills worldwide. MHFA came to England in 2007 and was launched under the Department of Health: National Institute of Mental Health in England (NIMHE) as part of a national approach to improving public mental health.
As an instructor I strive to provide a safe, inclusive learning environment and I am trained to support people throughout the whole course
Every MHFA course is delivered by a qualified instructor who has completed the Instructor training programme and is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.
The courses are written by experts, grounded in research, and tested by people with lived experience of mental ill health. Research and evaluation shows that MHFA courses make a lasting difference in people’s knowledge and confidence around mental health.
The two-day course is delivered through a mix of group activities, presentations and open discussion. We will discuss and better understand specific mental health conditions such as suicide, depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders and self harm.
Each session is built around an action plan.
Mental health first aiders have :
The one-day course is also delivered through a mix of group activities, presentations and open discussion. We will discuss and better understand specific mental health conditions such as suicide, depression and anxiety.
Each session will be built around an action plan.
Mental health champions have :
Empower Mental Health First Aiders and MHFA Champions to maintain their skills with regular Refresher training.
The four hour Refresher course will support your Mental Health First Aiders and MHFA Champions by:
Enabling your Mental Health First Aiders and MHFA Champions to refresh their skills, the same way your physical first aiders do, is a great way to demonstrate your organisation’s commitment to treating mental health and physical health equally. Investing in the course will give you the confidence that your Mental Health First Aiders and MHFA Champions are performing their role safely and effectively.
I recommend that Mental Health First Aiders and MHFA Champions attend a Refresher course every three years. Just like physical first aid, updating skills and knowledge allows people to perform this vital role confidently and safely.
Personally, I find in-house courses not only the most cost effective courses for my clients, but the ones with the best results.
By taking a team that works together, challenging preconceptions and normalising vulnerability, it helps to shape their future working environment for the better.