Mental Health First Aid Training Courses
The mental health of your team is as important as their physical wellbeing, both for them personally, and for productivity. Mental health first aid training is a relatively new concept. However, as society increasingly recognises the need to offer mental health support, it’s a popular way for organisations to gain a critical, in-depth understanding of mental health within the workplace.
Our two-day Mental Health First Aid training course can help you or your team become more aware of mental health, and learn how to spot, and react to, the vital signs of a mental health crisis in the workplace just that. The course is fully accredited by Mental Health First Aid England and is open to all businesses, large or small.
Mental health awareness is becoming much more important in today’s society
We live in an era where life is ever-changing, volatile and chaotic, so it may come as no surprise that a person’s mental health can be negatively affected. Additionally, most adults spend at least a third of their time at work, so it’s crucial that a workplace is prepared and equipped with the skills needed to ensure that their people are as happy and healthy as possible.
Our Mental Health First Aid course will help you achieve this, as well as allowing you to feel more confident in having open conversations about mental health and wellbeing.
Why should I get involved?
There are a number of disadvantages for businesses that aren’t aware of mental health and how to manage it, such as; increase in absenteeism, decrease in productivity, increase in staff turnover, and increase in long-term absence.
In small to medium businesses, the employees are so important; if they’re unable to do their job, the consequences can be severe. Figures show that in the UK, mental health is responsible for 72 million working days lost and costs employers £34.9 billion each year.
However, 140,000 people were trained in mental health first aid in 2018-19, which is the most ever in a single year. Lots of businesses are getting involved and starting to make a change, so you should too!
On our two-day course you will gain:
- 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
- Tips on how to be confident in reassuring and supporting a person in distress
- Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
- Knowledge on how to guide someone to further support which will enable them to make steps to recover their health.
How will the course be structured?
Learning will be spread across four sessions in small groups of up to 16, creating an environment in which everyone feels confident, safe and supported. Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid Model which consists of group activities, presentations and discussions.
Use the skills you learn in real life situations
Our data from 2018-19 shows that people had an average confidence rating of 4.8 before the training, which increased to 8.27 after the training.
Lee Morris, qualified MHFA instructor and associate director at andpartnership, has been able to put the skills he learned on the course into practice and now feels much more confident in doing so. He said:
“I’ve used my skills from the course in a number of real life situations and feel confident that I can have effective conversations and provide appropriate support.”
Everyone who completes the course will be qualified as a Mental Health First Aider, and taking part will be a fantastic opportunity to deepen your understanding of mental health wellbeing quickly and affordably.
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