Mental Health First Aid is an internationally recognised course that aims to provide knowledge and confidence, so you can support a person experiencing mental health problems.
Just like physical first aid, a mental health first aider can help a person before professional help is received. MHFA should not be considered as an alternative to professional help, it is not designed to be therapeutic, but trained people can help in a crisis, encourage early intervention and provide good information on where to get help.
What are the aims of MHFA
A key aim of MHFA is to reduce the stigma of mental health. On completing a MHFA course you will have:
- An understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
- Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of a mental health issue
- Confidence to step in, so that you can 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 further support – whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix.
What Type of MHFA training is available?
MHFA delivery is designed to be flexible and available in a range of forms to support all communities:
- MHFA – Adult two-day course – is designed to deliver a mental health first aider with the skills to support colleagues in the workplace or in their community.
- MHFA – Champion one-day course – provides a mental health first aid champion with the skills to support positive wellbeing and the confidence to advocate for mental health awareness.
- MHFA – Awareness – Adult half-day course is an introductory four-hour session to raise awareness of mental health.
- MHFA – Youth two-day course – Provide a mental health first aider with the skills to support a young person experiencing problems with their mental health.
- MHFA – Armed Forces Community two-day course – is designed for mental health first aiders supporting members of the armed forces community, whether they are serving, veterans families or members of organisations working with the forces community.
You can join the growing community of Mental Health First Aiders across the world and can make a real difference to someone in difficulty