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What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid aims to provide a mental health first aider with an understanding of mental health, and gives them the ability to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental ill health, similar to how a first aider can recognise the signs and symptoms of physical ill health.

The objective of mental health first aid is to recognise when a person is in distress, and to teach practical training to support a person suffering from a mental illness.

Our MHFA training is delivered in accordance with the MHFA England syllabus for mental health first aid.

The Future of Mental Health First Aid

The Health and Safety Executive ("HSE") require that all workplaces appoint at least one individual in charge of first aid. Their guidelines now specify the need for mental health first aid ("MHFA") to be included within that remit[1].

MHFA provision is likely to become legislation in the future.

[1] - HSE, First Aid Needs Assessment, https://www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/needs-assessment.htm#mental-ill-health, Last Accessed 9th January 2020

Mental Health Awareness

Every year at least 1 in 4 people will experience at least one episode of mental ill health[1] in the UK, that's over 16.5 million people[2]. You will likely know someone who has experienced mental ill health, they could be family, friends, or co-workers[3].

Our Mental Health awareness & mental health first aid courses will teach you to recognise the signs and symptoms of various mental health issues, and will teach you how to start an open conversation to support a person who is suffering from mental ill health. You could be the catalyst that begins their recovery.

[1] - Mind (Mental Health Facts and Statistics)
[2] - Office of National Statistics (Population Estimates)
[3] - NHS Confederation (Key facts and trends in mental health)

How are you feeling?

"I'm fine."

That's the answer that we're all guilty of giving when someone asks us how we are. But is that how we're really feeling?

In this short video people tell us how they respond, and why we say we're fine when we're not.

Why Me?

That's the question asked by Alastair Campbell in this video.

Mental ill health does not discriminate and it's important that we know how to help others and, more importantly, ourselves.

Our mental health first aid courses will help you to make your jar bigger, and will help you to support others to increase the size of their jar.

Become a Mental Health First Aider

If you've ever had a conversation with someone else about mental health then you know how difficult those conversations can be. It's very easy to miss red flags, and the worst feeling is knowing a friend is struggling and not knowing what to do.

Our MHFA courses teach mental health first aiders are trained to spot the warning signs of people in crisis, and people fast approaching crisis. And, importantly, mental health first aiders are trained to help those people through conversation and signposting.

You could be the first person who a friend, family member, or colleague comes to talk to about their struggles. Imagine that warm, fuzzy feeling you'll get from helping someone that you care about, and then being able to help them put a smile back on their face.