Training: Mental Health First Aid

Drive performance. Save money. Improve staff retention. 

Did you know that presenteeism costs businesses as much as four times the cost of absenteeism?  

Presenteeism is being on the job but not fully functioning. It may be that mental or physical health issues are affecting our work, but we still go in. This was an issue for businesses in the UK even before COVID-19.  

Lockdown and social isolation have affected our mental and emotional wellbeing. As the restrictions ease, we must continue the conversation on mental health and how it affects the people we work with because we are likely to see this situation getting worse. 

Having a qualified Mental Health First Aider in your organisation helps to offer support to individuals and promote awareness of mental health issues. When people feel seen and heard they feel better and they will work better. 

Research has shown that early intervention – investing in training and support for staff teams, identifying signs of mental ill health and addressing those issues – can lead to a 1:5 return on investment. 

What is Mental Health First Aid? 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way we learn physical first aid, MHFA teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.  

Developed in Australia in 2000 and now internationally recognised in 25 countries, MHFA courses teach people how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, provide help on a first aid basis and effectively guide someone towards the right support. 

What you will learn? 

Our MHFA course is divided into four manageable online modules. These are: 

Session 1Introduction to the course and Mental Health First Aid: 

    • Independent online pre-learning: 2 hours 
    • Live session: 2.5 hours 

Session 2First Aid for Suicidal Crisis and Depression 

    • Independent online pre-learning: 2 hours 
    • Live session: 2.5 hours 

Session 3Anxiety, Eating Disorders, and Self-Harm 

    • Independent online pre-learning: 2 hours 
    • Live session: 2.5 hours 

Session 4Psychosis, Recovery, and Mental Health First Aid Action Planning 

    • Independent online pre-learning: 2 hours 
    • Live Session: 2.5 hours 

Note: The times can vary slightly given the size of the group and the amount of active participation. It is advised the course is completed over 2 weeks minimum to give you the time to absorb information. Please book within 2 weeks prior to start date. 

In each module you’ll learn how to:

  • spot the early signs of a mental health problem 
  • feel confident helping someone experiencing a mental health problem 
  • provide help on a first aid basis 
  • help to prevent someone from harming themselves or others 
  • help to prevent a mental illness from worsening 
  • help someone to recover faster 
  • guide someone towards the right support 
  • reduce the stigma of mental health problems 

Dates of upcoming courses for 2021

April 12th–15th Live session at 14.00 to 16.30 each day 

May 10th–13th Live session at 14.00 to 16.30 each day 

June 7th–10th Live session at 14.00 to 16.30 each day 

July 5th–8th Live session at 14.00 to 16.30 each day 

Standard price for MHFA course is £300 per person

Contact

To talk about how we can help your business, call Nigel Taylor, Customer Engagement Manager on

(07739) 473640

or email nigel.taylor@cwmind.org.uk