Mental Health First Aid is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.
Developed in Australia in 2000 and now internationally recognised in 23 countries, the MHFA course teaches people how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, provide help on a first aid basis and effectively guide someone towards the right support services.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Mental ill health can affect every single one of us. There is widespread ignorance of mental ill health in the general population and there is the associated stigma too.
For some the stigma can lead to delays in people seeking help and support. There is also a lack of confidence in what to do if someone is distressed or in a crisis situation.
In any one year, approximately 1 in 4 British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health issue.
What do Mental Health First Aiders learn?
What is Mental Health?
Suicide & Depression
Anxiety, Eating Disorders & Self Harm
Achieve a nationally recognised qualification
Evidence your competency to employers
Further your personal and professional development