Mental Health Awareness

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“This is the best course I have been on in a long time!”

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) (2 days/ 12 hours)

Mental health problems can affect people at any time of life in different ways. They affect not only individuals and their families, but friends, work colleagues and employers too. Many people suffer a mental illness for a long time before they seek help.

An MHFA course will teach you to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health problem
  • Feel confident helping someone experiencing a problem
  • Provide help on a first aid basis
  • Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
  • Help stop a mental illness from getting worse
  • Help someone recover faster
  • Guide someone towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems

 

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“This course has provided me with the ability to perform better and be more confident with issues to do with mental health”

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) (2 Days/14 hours)

Youth MHFA is an internationally recognised training programme designed specifically for those people that teach, work, live with or care for young people aged 11 – 18.

The training provides information, tools and techniques to promote a young person’s mental and emotional wellbeing and to enable participants to support a young person who might be experiencing mental and emotional distress.

The Youth MHFA course will teach you how to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health problem in young people
  • Feel confident helping a young person experiencing a problem
  • Provide help on a first aid basis
  • Help protect a young person who might be at risk of harm
  • Help prevent a mental health illness from getting worse
  • Help a young person recover faster
  • Guide a young person towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems

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“I found this course very helpful and beneficial for my work but also personally”

MHFA Awareness (3hrs)

MHFA is a 3 hour introductory mental health awareness course that can be delivered to up to 25 people. Because of its short duration it is not meant as a substitute for the full MHFA course.

The aims and objectives of the course include:

    • Enabling participants to gain a wider understanding, for themselves and others, of some issues surrounding mental health
    • Gain a greater understanding of how and why positive and negative mental health affects business
    • Work more effectively with people experiencing mental health problems

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

    • identify the discrimination surrounding mental health problems
    • define mental health & some mental health problems
    • relate to people’s experiences
    • help support people with mental health problems
    • begin developing a business case for promoting positive mental health in the workplace
    • look after their own mental health

The course also introduces ALGEE – a unique memory tool for conducting mental health first aid.

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YMHFA (3 hours)

YMHFA Lite is a 3 hour introductory mental health awareness course that can be delivered to up to 25 people. Because of its short duration it is not meant as a substitute for the full YMHFA course.

The aims and objectives of the course include:

  • Gain a wider understanding of some issues surrounding mental health for young people, yourselves and others
  • Gain a greater understanding of how and why positive and negative mental health affects young people and organisations
  • Work more effectively with young people experiencing mental health problems

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the discrimination surrounding  young people’s mental health problems
  • Define mental health & some mental health problems
  • Relate to young people’s experiences
  • Look after your own mental health
  • Identify strategies to support young people with mental health problems
  • Promote positive mental health.
  • The course also introduces ALGEE – a unique memory tool for conducting youth mental health first aid.

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MHFA for Schools and Colleges has been designed especially with schools in mind. Based on the Youth MHFA course but targeted to meet the needs of educational environments, MHFA Schools will cover key topics around young people’s mental health and wellbeing, with a strong practical focus on how support young people experiencing mental distress. Whilst the course is not a replacement for the 2 day Youth MHFA course, delegates will become Ambassadors for better mental health in schools.

 As a one-day course, it fits perfectly into schools’ inset training days and busy private school timetables, making it accessible for teaching staff across sectors. The session will be a mix of presentation, group discussions and group work activities. Our instructors provide a very safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in certain bits, then don’t. We won’t make you do something you aren’t comfortable with.

 How can MHFA for Schools and Colleges make a difference?

  • MHFA for Schools and Colleges teaches practical skills that can be used every day.
  • It gives a deeper understanding to the complex issues relating to young people and mental health.
  • It helps people recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems.
  • It enables a young person to access appropriate professional help.
  • MHFA England has a proven track record and demonstrates its effectiveness through evaluation
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