Ideal for: Everyone
Length: Half day
Mental Health First Aid Course Cost: £125 per person

Our half-day course is an introductory four-hour session to raise awareness of mental health. It is designed to give:

  • An understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma
  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing
  • Confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue

What to expect from the training

This one-day course will cover: 

  • The basics of mental health and the factors that can affect it.
  • Mental health stigma and how to fight it.
  • Stress and stress management skills.
  • How to spot signs of distress and what to do about it.
  • Basic insight into mental health conditions and issues such as depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, self-harm, psychosis and suicide.
  • Mental health recovery and helpful resources.
  • Supporting mental health in the workplace and other useful support techniques.
  • Alcohol, drugs and how they impact mental health.

Through group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan. We can deliver training to a maximum of 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.

Why it’s important

Mental health training is an essential skill in the workplaces. Every year, employees from every walk of life can suffer mental ill-health, and working days could be lost due to work-related stresses, depression or anxiety. 

That’s where mental health awareness training comes in.

Employees who are equipped with mental health awareness training can notice colleagues who may be suffering in silence, and potentially preempt situations before they escalate.

Employees will be taught how to identify key warning signs of poor mental health, as well as how to sensitively approach colleagues who may be at risk.

Mental health awareness training teaches lifelong skills of how we can best manage our own mental health, now and in the future. Providing these necessary skills helps save lives, not only for the person trained, but for the lives and circumstances of other people they may encounter throughout their journey.

In addition, the training provides a springboard for open discourse within the workplace, helping to nurture a healthy workplace environment. Colleagues will be more likely to discuss worries either openly or confidentially, without fear of judgement, which ensures that any problems are handled correctly. 

Dealing with issues early is key.

Talking can be cathartic for mental health issues. Empowering employees with the correct knowledge as to how to manage their own mental health will, in turn, help them to help others. This healthy cycle is beneficial for good, supportive communication and can resolve stresses, anxieties or worries in a healthy, collaborative manner.

The more people we can teach and train, the more stigmas we can challenge and eradicate, and the more lives we can benefit, help and save. 

Upon completion of the course everyone receives:

  • A manual to refer to whenever they need it
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support their own mental health
  • A certificate of attendance to say they are Mental Health Aware

What is a Mental Health Awareness Course?

A MHFA Aware course is an accredited training course that teaches employees how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health issues, plus how to provide initial help.
The MHFA Aware course is designed for everyone, regardless of their experience or knowledge of mental health issues. It gives employees the basic knowledge, skills and confidence to support someone in a crisis and signpost them to the right mental health professionals.

How Do I Become Mental Health Aware?

Studying an accredited MHFA Aware course is a reliable way to get a good understanding of the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and mental illness. There are many different types of courses available, so it’s important to choose one that is accredited by MHFA England, like our courses here at Great Minds At Work.

What Are The Business Benefits of Mental Health Awareness Courses?

Stress is the biggest cause of long-term absence from work and costs businesses millions every year. By actively improving employee mental health via expert mental health training, organisations may see a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of their employees as well as a reduction in sickness absence figures. Managing mental health in the workplace by investing in Mental Health Awareness training courses may also mean a significant return on investment for your organisation.

We also offer longer one-day and two-day courses: MHFA Champions, MHFA Full Training,an MHFA refresher course and a Suicide First Aid Course.

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