Mental health issues can be a key barrier to learning – and aren’t uncommon, affecting around ‘one in ten children and young adults’, according to the Mental Health Foundation.
Being able to recognise and proactively assist those learners who have mental health issues is set to become one of the key skills of learning professionals.
This internationally recognised training course, which leads to a nationally recognised qualification, is delivered by a highly experienced education professional who has training in mental health issues. This brings the ‘education dimension’ to the course, contextualising it in learning.
Courses take place over two days and are delivered on a one-organisation basis, to between eight and sixteen people.
Mental Health First Aid starts with you
What is Mental Health First Aid?
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 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 upwards. Every MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor who has attended the Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, and is trained to keep people safe and supported while they learn.
What will I learn?
Learning takes place through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions. What you learn will depend on the length of course you attend:
Two-Day – Mental Health First-Aiders
A practical skills and awareness course designed to give you:
- A deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect people’s well-being, including your own
- 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 appropriate support
How will attending an MHFA course help?
Research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA course:
- Raises awareness and mental health literacy
- Reduces stigma around mental ill health
- Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
- Promotes early intervention