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Adult Mental Health First Aid

Wellbeing is good for business

Healthy people are happier, more engaged and more productive. Employers across the UK are acting now to support the wellbeing of their people and create mentally healthy businesses.  Stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sickness absence in our society.

Mental ill health is responsible for 91 million working days lost every year, costing UK employers an estimated £34.9 billion each year.  Simple steps to improve the management of mental health in the workplace will allow employers to save 30% or more of these costs – at least £10 billion a year. This is where we can help.

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Our Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training courses teach people to spot the symptoms of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide a person towards support.

We don’t teach people to be therapists, but we do teach people to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

We have training options to suit a range of timescales and budgets, from basic mental health awareness sessions to a full Mental Health First Aider qualification. They are all designed to benefit employees, line managers, HR professionals, OH workers and senior leaders alike – to let all your people meet the challenges of the workplace head on.

Our two day course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider. Mental Health First Aiders have:

  • 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

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.

Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan.  Everyone who completes the course gets an MHFA manual to keep and refer to whenever they need it, and a certificate to say they are a Mental Health First Aider.

Training Dates & Times (2017/2018)

Date     :  25/26 April 2018
Time    :  9.00am – 4.00pm
Venue  :  Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, WA14 2NL

Training Dates & Times (2018/2019)

Option 1

Dates: 7 & 8 November 2018
Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, WA14 2NL

Option 2

Dates: 20 & 21 March 2019
Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, WA14 2NL

Option 3

Dates: 15 & 16 May 2019
Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, WA14 2NL

Cost

£300.00 per person

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Course Aims

Our quality assured MHFA instructors deliver training that has been designed to fit into four manageable chunks. These are:

  • Mental Health First Aid, mental health, and depression
  • Depression (cont.) and suicidal crisis
  • Anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and self harm
  • Psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

In each section you’ll learn how to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health issue
  • Feel confident helping someone experiencing a mental health issue
  • Provide help on a first aid basis
  • Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
  • Help stop a mental health issue from getting worse
  • Help someone recover faster
  • Guide someone towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health issues and improve staff well-being

How will I learn?

The Adult MHFA course usually takes place over two full days.

The sessions will be a mix of presentations, discussions, and group work activities. Our instructors provide a safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in certain parts, then there is no pressure to.

Due to some of the sensitive subjects of our courses, we limit numbers to 16 people. We want everyone to feel safe and our instructors can help if people find some parts particularly difficult.

Everyone who attends the course will receive a copy of the MHFA manual and workbook, which are both excellent support resources. When you have completed the course you will receive a certificate to confirm that you are a trained Mental Health First Aider.

Who can attend?

The course is for everyone aged 16 and upwards and you don’t need any qualifications or experience in mental health to take part.