A MHFA Certified Course

Mental Health First Aid

MHFA is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health, and how to provide help on a first aid basis. MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis.

Adult MHFA courses are for everyone aged 16 and over.  Every MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor and is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.

 

What will I learn?

MHFA is a 2-day course.  Learning takes place through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions. 

 

Learning outcomes:

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect well-being
  • 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

 

Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A MHFA manual to refer to whenever they need it
  • A wallet-sized reference card for the MHFA action plan
  • A certificate to say they are a Mental Health First Aider

 

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 for developing psychosis
  • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis
  • Treatment and resources for psychosis
  • Recovery and building resources
  • Action planning for using MHFA

 

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