MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
Mental Health first aid courses are equipping individuals with skills that save lives.
Its relatively easy to see the gaps we’ve been missing as a society, all generally aware of physical health. As such, it is good common sense to go to doctor if you feel ill.
But where do you turn when you experience mental ill health?
The most common answer is unfortunately not many places. Mental distress and mental ill health are still steeped in stigma and discrimination, preventing people from getting the help they need.
Achieving parity of esteem of physical and mental health is a fundamental step to creating a healthy, well-equipped society of workers and citizens. The current gaps here are clear, as we all have mental health as well as physical health. Why isn’t mental health equally as important as physical health? This is the question our society must respond to and a gap that mental health first aid courses can address.
Incredulously, ill mental health can be so pervasive, yet it is not addressed level. Most individuals will experienced ill mental health at some point in their lives.
There are too many examples when lack of knowledge and skills around mental health end up tragically. A mental health first course can equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to step in and support at an early stage.
It’s time to change our society. It’s time to be more conscious about your own mental health and support your family, friends and co-workers.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSES FOR ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS
If you have 8 or more individuals to train, click the Short Enquiry box below. WE OFFER AFFORDABLE PRICES FOR GROUP BOOKINGS. All you need to do just get in touch with our friendly managers and we get back to you with price listing. Click the button below.
If you are an individual, please choose the open course option below. We offer 1/2, 1 and 2 day courses. Click the button below and choose the date that suits you.
All Mental Health First Aid courses are delivered by accredited MHFA trainers.
How much does a Mental Health First Aid Course cost?
All courses come with course materials a manual and a workbook. The books are helpful resources to refresh your knowledge as well as support your own mental health, both during and after the course. Books are included in the course price.
The table below relates to OPEN COURSES only. If you want to book a GROUP. Please click the button above and send us a short enquiry
|Course length||Cost PP||Max. people per group|
|Half Day Course||£75 + vat||25 people|
|One Day Course||£150 + vat||16 people|
|Two Day Course||£220 + vat||16 people|
Siren Training delivers the following Mental Health first aid courses:
MHFA for Adults
MHFA at WORKPLACE
ALL MENTAL HEALTH COURSES ARE DELIVERED IN HALF DAY, 1 DAY OR 2 DAYS. You can choose the course length according to your needs. Please scroll down to learn more about the differences.
What is Mental Health first aid course?
Mental Health first aid is not unlike physical first aid: help offered for someone suffering from ill health, in this case mental ill health. Mental Health First Aid courses will also teach you to spot earlier signs and symptoms of common mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, etc. With the knowledge and tools learned in the course, individuals will be able to to deliver mental health first aid before professional medical treatment is available. The aims of mental health first aid are to:
- Preserve life
- Prevent further harm
- Promote recovery
- Provide comfort to the person who suffers
Please note that as a qualified Mental Health First Aider, or someone who has undertaken a Mental Health First Aid course, you will not be able diagnose or treat, but you can identify symptoms of anxiety, depresion, eating disorders, amongst other challenges, and encourage someone to seek professional help.These courses do not teach you to be a counsellor or therapist, but will empower you to react and signpost when someone in mental distress may need professional help.
How long is a Mental Health first aid course? What will you be learning on a Mental Health First Aid Course?
We have three different options depending on your needs.
Adult Mental Health Aware Half Day course – This half day course is a basic introduction to mental health, and why it is important. It introduces some common mental health challenges and discusses how to spot them. During this four hour course, you will learn how to talk with someone who may be experiencing mental ill health, and feel more confident speaking about mental health with colleagues, friends or family. The course also will also equip you with some tools to look after your own mental health.
Adult MHFA One Day course – On the one day course you will learn about the most common mental health problems including how to identify when someone is experiencing mental distress. You will feel more confident supporting others and you will know how to signpost appropriately. The one day mental health first course covers the AGLEE action plan, and how to use it. This course is often recommended for line managers.
Two day course – this is the most comprehensive course, and qualifies you as Mental Health First Aider.
This course will increase your knowledge around a variety of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. You will learn some practical tools for supporting friends, family and co-workers. As a mental health first aider you will feel confident as a first-responder in crisis situations and know how to guide someone to appropriate support. You will receive a certificate on completion which does not have an expiry date. MHFA England recommend that you attend a refresher course every two – three years to keep your knowledge and skills up to date.
The two day training course includes four sessions:
- Session topics:
Mental health first aid – The mental health first aid action plan – ALGEE. Mental health and stigma. Mental health and intersectional risk factors. What influences mental health. Depression and anxiety.
- Session topics:
Suicide. Substances and mental health. Risk factors for substance misuse. First aid for substance misuse. What are the symptoms of suicidal crisis? The action plan for suicide. Useful statistics. Signposting for depression. Self-care. How can you support someone who has depression?
- Session topics:
Anxiety disorders. What is an anxiety disorder? Risk factors for an anxiety disorders. First aid for an anxiety disorders. Self-harm. What is self harm. First aid for self harm. Eating disorders. What are eating disorders? Risk factors for eating disorders. First aid for eating disorders. Personality disorders. Alcohol, Drugs and anxiety. Treatment for anxiety disorders.
- Session topics:
Psychosis. What is psychosis. Risk factors for psychosis. First aid for psychosis. What is psychosis? Focus on recovery. Implementing your new skills and knowledge. Schizophrenia. Bipolar disorder.
Why mental health first aid is important?
Mental Health First aid is important for several core reasons.
- Ill mental health is very common. Research indicates that one in four people suffers from anxiety, panic or depression. It is very likely that someone in your immediate environment, whether in the workplace, home or neighborhood has or will experience ill mental health. Feeling equipped to help a family member or friend who may need it is a valuable tool.
- Mental health is still stigmatised in our society. Stigma negatively affects those who experience ill mental health and can delay recovery. When people feel ashamed to speak about their problems with others, they might not get the help they need. By beginning to have conversations about mental health with our friends and family and in our workplaces, we can start to decrease stigma and promote positive, safe environments for anyone to discuss their mental health. Additionally, speaking up about our mental health encourages others to do the same, and can normalise mental health. Mental health and physical health should be considered equally important, as they are both integral parts of personal and public wellbeing.
- Many of us are misinformed about mental health. For example, a very common myth about mental health is that those with mental issues are dangerous for society. By raising awareness mental health, we can debunk discriminatory and harmful myths, help people take care of their own wellbeing as well as help others.
- Parity of esteem. In many respects, a mental health illnesses is similar to a physical ailment- The longer diagnosis and treatment are delayed the higher the risk for longer term consequences. Just like we know that eating healthy foods helps our physical abilities, healthy mental habits can be equally as important to mental health. Likewise, the sooner a problem is spotted, the quicker the recovery.
- In emergency situations, we can often feel that we don’t know how to advise, or act.A Mental Health First Aid courses teaches participants an action plan to use in case of emergencies. This plan is easy to remember and effective in taking steps to help someone who may need it while making the environment safe for everyone involved.