About this course
This Adult Mental Health First Aid course is the most comprehensive (MHFA) England accredited programme.
Essential training adapted to incorporate widespread challenges acerbated by the Coronavirus.
Is Mental Health First Aid training a mandatory requirement?
Your employer has a “duty of care”, (this means a legal obligation), to support their employees’ health, safety, and wellbeing. Recruiting Mental Health First Aiders demonstrates a commitment towards promoting positive mental health during this difficult time.
This Adult Two Day MHFA England course is the only recognised training programme that qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider. All our MHFA Instructors have completed the training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, (RSPH).
Who needs this Mental Health First Aid course?
This course is for everyone. (see also occupations tab). Having fully qualified Mental health first aiders within your workplace, community, family, and social circles, supports a shared language around mental health and addresses barriers such as stigma, including self-stigmatisation. It also enhances self-awareness, and emotional literacy. Just as physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid saves lives, prevents worsening, and promotes recovery from a mental health issue. Not to mention the bottom line. You can view a recent impact report here.
What does this course teach me?
Using evidence-based training, this means we have real data, from significant credible studies; you will develop practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues. (See also course topics tab above)
Learners will develop the following:
- Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress.
- Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening.
- Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further and appropriate support.
- An in depth understanding of the factors that can affect well-being.
- Understanding of common mental illness in detail as well as crisis management in mental health.
- An overview of law and policy around mental health, discrimination litigation, and why your employer needs a health and wellness strategy.
Who are MHFA England?
MHFA is a global movement active in 24 countries. Each country licenses their own MHFA programme separately – you can see a list of all international MHFA programmes at mhfainternational.org.
Mental Health First Aid training came to England in 2007. The Department of Health: National Institute of Mental Health in England (NIMHE) developed and launched the programme as part of a national approach to improve public mental health. MHFA England are the Licensed Provider of Mental Health First Aid training from MHFA International. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England is a Community Interest Company (CIC) that delivers a range of mental health courses in communities across the country.
MHFA England’s overall vision is to normalise society’s attitudes and behaviours around mental health, by developing the skills we need to look after our own and others’ wellbeing.
What happens after the programme, and what are my roles and responsibilities as a mental health first aider in the workplace?
We follow up this programme with resources tailored to your individual needs. For example, the role of mental health first aid in the workplace and implementing mental health first aid into your organisation. We also champion local community resources, and self-help tools.
What do I need to bring?
You may wish to bring a notebook for any additional notes. Refreshments are complementary throughout the training, but we do ask you to bring your own favourite mug, and your lunch.
We are also fully aware of the anxiety that many students have over coming into a public space. There is a lot to think about which we have already thought about. You are in safe hands.
Our open public courses are memorable and according to delegate feedback, life changing for some. By running open courses that are inclusive and we attract a mixed demographic which we believe is beneficial to all as we continue to learn from each other and grow as a more open minded and tolerant society.