Through a mix of presentation, discussions, self-reflection and group activities, completion of the two day MHFA course, delivered by a quality assured trainer who has attended the MHFA Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider.

This course is run by Changing Minds Training

Changing Minds Training

Why Mental Health First Aid?

  • Cut absences – 15.8 million days of sickness absence caused by mental health issues in the UK in 2016. (Office for National Statistics, 2017)
  • Cut costs – The cost of work-related mental ill health to UK employers each year is £34.9 billion. (Centre for Mental Health, 2017)
  • Cut presenteeism – Presenteeism, staff turning up to work regardless of how bad they are feeling, costs the UK economy £21.1 billion each year. (Centre for Mental Health, 2017)
  • Equip your staff – Just 24% of managers have received training in managing an employee with a mental health issue. (Business in the Community, 2017)
  • Boost employee motivation & commitment – 60% of employees would feel more motivated in their employer took action to support mental health and wellbeing. (Mind, 2013)

Course Overview

Through a mix of presentation, discussions, self-reflection and group activities, completion of the two day MHFA course, delivered by a quality assured trainer who has attended the MHFA Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider giving you:

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • 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 support – whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix
  • You will receive a certificate to confirm your training as well as the five-step MHFA action plan and comprehensive manual on completion of the course.

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Course Duration (excluding breaks)

2 days (online)

Maximum students per course

15

Minimum age

16

Individual Price

£239

Course Content

Session 1

  • Why Mental Health First Aid?
  • The Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • What is mental health?
  • Impact of mental health issues
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • What is depression?
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Risk factors for depression
  • Depression in the workplace

​​Session 2 ​

  • Suicide figures
  • Alcohol, drugs and mental health
  • First aid for suicidal crisis
  • Non-judgemental listening skills
  • First aid for depression
  • Treatment and resources for depression
  • Self-care

​Session 3

  • What is an anxiety disorder?
  • First aid for anxiety disorders
  • Crisis first aid after a traumatic event
  • Alcohol, drugs and anxiety disorders
  • Treatment and resources for anxiety disorders
  • Cognitive distortions and CBT
  • Personality disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harm

​Session 4

  • What is psychosis?
  • Risk factors for psychosis
  • Alcohol, drugs and psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Warning signs of developing psychosis
  • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis
  • Treatment and resources for psychosis
  • Recovery and building resources
  • Action planning for using MHFA​​​​​​ing resources
  • Action planning for using MHFA