Mental Health First Aid England

  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.  

ALL MHFA COURSES ARE

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Safe

 As an instructor I strive to provide a safe, inclusive learning environment and I am trained to support people throughout the whole course 

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Quality Assured

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. 

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Evidence based

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. 

2 Day and 1 day adult mental health courses

The adult 2-day course qualifies you as a mental health first aider

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 :


  • an in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can effect well-being
  • Skills to respond in a crises
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced inter-personnel skills such as non-judgmental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support

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The Adult 1 Day Mental Health Champion Course

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 :


  • An understanding of the most common mental health conditions
  • Skills to respond in a crises
  • Ability to spot signs of mental ill health
  • Skills to support positive well-being and to sign post others to appropriate support

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Refresher Training

 

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:

  • Renewing their skills 
  • Updating their knowledge of mental health supports 
  • Giving them the chance to practice applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan 


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.  

In-house courses

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Let me come to you

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.