Mental Health First Aid (Accredited by MHFA England)
n general, the role of a Mental Health First Aider in the workplace is to be a point of contact for an employee who is experiencing a mental
ACCREDITED MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
Accredited by Mental Health England
Mental Health First Aid is an accredited course from Mental Health England which qualifies those that attend as ‘Mental Health First Aiders’. There is a significant amount of evidence that this course has had a significant impact on individuals and businesses who have attended and we are very proud to offer it via our open courses and in house training for businesses.
The training includes a mix of presentations, discussions and group work activities.
Whilst anyone can attend a Mental Health First Aid course, an interest in mental health and wellbeing is desirable. During the course you will receive an extensive manual and personal workbook. When you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate to confirm that you are a trained Mental Health First Aider and a fold-out card summarising the five-step MHFA action plan to carry with you.
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 and feel confident guiding people towards support.
In general, the role of a Mental Health First Aider in the workplace is to be a point of contact for an employee who is experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. This interaction could range from having an initial conversation through to supporting the person to get appropriate help. As well as in a crisis, Mental Health First Aiders are valuable in providing early intervention help for someone who may be developing a mental health issue.
This Mental Health First Aid course does not qualify you as a clinician but what it does is provide you with listening skills and resources to signpost people to the appropriate professional help.
Mental Health First Aiders are trained to:
Spot the early signs and symptoms of mental ill health
Start a supportive conversation with a colleague who may be experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress
Listen to the person non-judgementally
Assess the risk of suicide or self-harm
Encourage the person to access appropriate professional support or self-help strategies. This might include encouraging access to internal support systems such as Employee Assistance Programmes or in-house counselling services.
Escalate to the appropriate emergency services, if necessary
Maintain confidentiality as appropriate.
Complete critical incident documents as and when necessary
Protect themselves while performing their role.