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Find out what Mental Health First Aid is and why you should consider undertaking the training.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised interactive training course first developed in Australia, which is now delivered in 23 countries worldwide.  Designed to provide help on a first aid basis, the course teaches participants practical skills to spot the signs of mental illness and gives them confidence to step in and support a person who needs assistance.

The aims of the course are to:

  • Identify signs and symptoms of common mental health problems

  • Preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others

  • Provide help to prevent a mental health problem developing into a more serious issue

  • Promote recovery of good mental health

  • Provide comfort to a person experiencing mental distress

  • Provide information on how to access help and support

 

Why should I undertake training?

If you are questioning the benefits of undertaking a Mental Health First Aid course, take a look at some of the independent evaluation and research* which have shown that participating in a MHFA course;

  • Increases knowledge of mental health issues and confidence in dealing with them

  • Improves mental health literacy

  • Raises awareness of mental health issues

  • Reduces stigma surrounding mental health

  • Increases confidence in directing people to appropriate support networks

  • Encourages conversations with those who may be experiencing a mental health issue

  • Promotes early intervention which enable recovery

 

 

Completing a MHFA course will not equip you to be a therapist but will provide you with tools which aim to preserve life or provide assistance until an appropriate professional can take over.

 

* https://mhfaengland.org/mhfa-centre/research-and-evaluation/summary-of-evaluations/