Mental Health First Aid

This is a two-day online course run over two full days.

This two-day online course will train you as an accredited Mental Health First Aider.

 

Aims
This course aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the term ‘mental health’ alongside examining in detail some of the main

mental health conditions and illnesses. The course will provide participants with a valuable First Aid tool to use in any situation
where someone may require assistance with their mental health and wellbeing.


Please note: This course and its trainer are accredited by MHFA England. Participants will receive a certificate from MHFA England acknowledging the learning undertaken to become a Mental Health First Aider. Refresher courses will be available 2-3 years after completion. We reserve the right not to authorise certification from MHFA England if live sessions are missed and / or e-learning modules are not completed.

Objectives

By the end of the course, each participant will:      

 

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of mental ill health;

  • Understand more about some of the main mental health conditions and illnesses;

  • Be able to provide initial help and support, guiding someone towards appropriate professional help when required;

  • Be mindful of their own mental well-being.

  • Be trained and accredited as a Mental Health First Aider.

 

Part 1: Introduction and mental health first aid (9.45am – 12.45pm, plus pre-course e-learning of up to 90 minutes)

  • Why mental health first aid?

  • What is mental health?

  • Impact of mental health issues

  • Stigma and discrimination

 

Part 2: Suicide and depression (1.45pm – 4.30pm, plus pre-course e-learning of up to 120 minutes)

  • What is depression

  • Symptoms and risks for depression

  • Suicide discussion

  • Alcohol, drugs and mental health

  • First aid for suicidal crisis

  • First aid for depression

 

 

Part 3: Anxiety, eating disorders and self-harm (9.45am – 12.45pm, plus pre-course e-learning of up to 120 minutes)

  • What is an anxiety disorder?

  • First aid for anxiety disorders

  • Crisis first aid after a traumatic event

  • Cognitive distortions 

  • Eating disorders

  • Self-harm

 

 

Part 4: Psychosis, recovery and action planning (1.45pm – 4.30pm, plus pre-course e-learning of up to 120 minutes)

  • What is psychosis?

  • Risk factors for psychosis

  • Schizophrenia and bipolar disorders

  • First aid for psychosis

  • Treatment and resources

  • Recovery

  • Action planning

 

This course is not a therapy session. It is important that people have appropriate support available should they find any of the discussions emotionally triggering. 

 

Intended audience

This course will be useful for any staff and volunteers working in England (please contact us if you work in Scotland, Wales or N Ireland). It may be particularly relevant if:

  • You are an adviser supporting clients with benefit form completion. This course will give you a solid understanding of some of the main mental health conditions. With this new knowledge you will be able to further explore how symptoms of the illness may impact upon the client’s daily life enabling more comprehensive form completion or understanding of an illness when challenging benefit decisions.

  • You are a member of staff interacting with clients who may be displaying signs and symptoms of poor mental wellbeing, including a mental health crisis. This course will enable you to recognise these signs and intervene in an appropriate and supportive manner.

  • You are a manager or supervisor who is aware of their duty to protect staff and promote good mental wellbeing in the workplace. This course will provide you with the tools to begin conversations with staff about their mental wellbeing, information about ongoing professional support, alongside tips for embedding good wellbeing practise at work. (A complimentary line managers guide is available to managers and supervisors taking the course)

  • Perhaps we are all in need of a reminder to look after ourselves. This course will provide some useful tools and techniques to consider self-care more proactively so we can maintain our productivity at work. 

This course can be attended as an extension of our Mental Health Awareness course although no previous knowledge/experience is required it is not a requirement to have previously attended the Mental Health Awareness course. 

 

Methods of delivery

All parts of this course are delivered online live with a Benefits Training Co. trainer. It is a practical course delivered using a combination of trainer presentation, exercises and case studies, group discussion and games. Participants will be provided with a link to the background e-learning modules, a comprehensive training manual and workbook. 

What you will need

Participants will need a Wi-Fi connection and a suitable device to access the internet. Prior to the event, participants will receive an email with a link to the learning platform (called Enabley). From here they will be able to complete their e-learning modules and join the live sessions via Zoom. Participants will need their workbooks and manuals which will arrive in the post to their address of choice.

 

Certificates & post course support
Participants booking through our website will receive an e-certificate for completing both Parts 1 & 2 (2 x half days / 6 hours) of this course. This also guarantees eligibility to access our free 12 months post-course advice service. If you don't receive your certificate, please look in your spam folder first!

Course instructions

Participants will receive an e-certificate for completing all parts of this course. Participants will also be eligible for free access to our benefits advice service for 12 months following the course (please note this does not include mental health support or advice). 

In addition, participants will receive a certificate from MHFA England which acknowledges the learning undertaken to become a Mental Health First Aider. Refresher courses are available after 2-3 years of the course completion. Please note the trainer reserves the right not to authorise certification from MHFA England if live sessions are missed and / or e-learnnig modules are not completed.