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The Mainly Mental Health Company training and consultancy is here to support you to manage well-being proactively and minimise the impact of mental ill health on work and life.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training Courses for Business and the Community

The Mainly Mental Health Company is here to support you to manage well-being proactively and minimise the impact of mental ill health on work and life by providing robust training.

By training your staff in MHFA you can:

  • Give people the tools to keep themselves and their colleagues healthy
  • Encourage them to access support when it’s needed, for a faster recovery
  • Empower people with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive in work
  • Provide managers with the skills to pro-actively support staff to manage mental health.
  • Stop preventable health issues arising by building a supportive culture around mental health
  • Embed positive, long term cultural change across your organisation through robust policy

The two-day course qualifies delegates as Mental Health First Aiders who have:

  • An in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect well-being
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, 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

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.

Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan.

The sessions can be tailored slightly to allow for specific company focus and to include company specific information, case studies and support options.

2 DAY COURSE OUTLINE:

Session 1

  • Why Mental Health First Aid?
  • The Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • What is mental health?
  • Impact of mental health issues
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • What is depression?
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Risk factors for depression
  • Depression in the workplace

Session 2

  • Suicide figures
  • Alcohol, drugs and mental health
  • First aid for suicidal crisis
  • Non-judgemental listening skills
  • First aid for depression
  • Treatment and resources for depression
  • Self-care

Session 3

  • What is an anxiety disorder?
  • First aid for anxiety disorders
  • Crisis first aid after a traumatic event
  • Alcohol, drugs and anxiety disorders
  • Treatment and resources for anxiety disorders
  • Cognitive distortions and CBT
  • Personality disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harm

Session 4

  • What is psychosis?
  • Risk factors for psychosis
  • Alcohol, drugs and psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Warning signs of developing psychosis
  • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis

This one-day mental health awareness and skills course qualifies you as an MHFA Champion.

MHFA Champions have:

  • An understanding of common mental health issues
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
  • Ability to spot signs of mental ill health
  • Skills to support positive well-being

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.

Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan.

The sessions can be tailored slightly to allow for specific company focus and to include company specific information, case studies and support options.

1 DAY COURSE OUTLINE:

Session 1

  • About Mental Health First Aid
  • About mental health and stress in the workplace
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Other mental health issues (eating disorders, self-harm, psychosis)
  • Early warning signs of mental ill health
  • Alcohol, drugs and mental health

Session 2

  • Applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • Action 1: Approach the person, assess and assist with any crisis
  • Suicide
  • Action 2: Listen and communicate non-judgementally
  • Action 3: Give support and information
  • Action 4: Encourage the person to get appropriate professional help
  • Action 5: Encourage other supports
  • Recovery
  • Building a mentally healthy workplace
  • Action planning for using MHFA

This 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 well-being
  • Confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health related issue.

Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities.

The sessions can be tailored slightly to allow for specific company focus and to include company specific information, case studies and support options.

The session covers:

  • What is mental health?
  • Factors which affect mental health (including stigma)
  • Stress and stress management
  • Spotting signs of distress
  • Overview of common mental health diagnoses
  • Recovery
  • Take 10 Together kit – starting a supportive conversation
  • Supporting mental health in the workplace
  • Helpful statistics and resources

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training for schools, further education and higher education

The Mainly Mental Health Company is passionate about reducing the impact of mental ill-health on young people and training staff to provide appropriate levels of support.

The statistics are shocking:

1 in 10 young people are experiencing mental health issues and suicide is the second most common cause of death in under 19 year olds. Last year a record amount of children contacted Childline with suicidal thoughts.

MMH offers Youth MHFA training to help give staff feel more confident to spot signs and respond appropriatelyand to help schools create a more open environment in which staff and students can talk about mental health.. The training Courses are developed and quality controlled by MHFA England and are only delivered by approved and trained Instructors. You can choose between half day,1 day or 2 day programmes to suit your business need.

By training your staff in Youth MHFA you can:

  • Give staff the tools to keep themselves, their colleagues and their students healthy
  • Enable students to access support early
  • Create an environment where students with long term mental health issues or disabilities can thrive in their learning environment
  • Provide teachers and staff with the skills to pro-actively support staff to manage mental health.
  • Stop preventable health issues arising by building a supportive culture around mental health
  • Embed positive, long term cultural change across your school, college or university through robust policy

Our Youth MHFA Two Day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Youth Mental Health First Aiders have:

  • An in depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix – engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate
  • Ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive
  • Tools to look after your own mental wellbeing
  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn. Young people are welcome on the course but if you’re under the age of 16 we need consent from your parent or guardian.
  • Learning takes place across four manageable sessions. Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Youth Mental Health First Aid action plan. You will get an MHFA manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it.
  • When you complete the two days you'll get a certificate to say you are a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

2 DAY COURSE OUTLINE:

Session 1

Youth Mental Health First Aid

  • About Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Context: England’s child health care policy
  • About mental health – facts and figures
  • Risk factors for mental ill health
  • Protective factors for mental health
  • Preventing mental health issues and promoting wellbeing
  • The Youth MHFA action plan: ALGEE

Session 2

Depression and anxiety

  • About depression – facts and figures
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Risk factors
  • About anxiety disorders – facts and figures
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Risk factors
  • The MHFA action plan for depression and anxiety: ALGEE

Session 3

Suicide and psychosis

  • About suicide
  • Risk factors and warning signs for suicide
  • First aid for suicidal crisis
  • About psychosis
  • Risk factors and warning signs of psychosis
  • Types of psychotic disorders
  • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis
  • The MHFA action plan for psychosis: ALGEE

Session 4

Self-harm and eating disorders

  • About self-harm – facts and figures
  • Risk factors
  • Signs and symptoms
  • The MHFA action plan for self-harm: ALGEE
  • About eating disorders – facts and figures
  • Different types of eating disorders
  • The MHFA action plan for eating disorders: ALGEE
  • Recovery

Our one day course qualifies you as a Youth MHFA Champion.

Youth MHFA Champions have:

  • An understanding of common mental health issues and how they can affect young people
  • Ability to spot signs of mental ill health in young people and guide them to a place of support
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
  • Skills to support positive wellbeing
  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn. Young people are welcome on the course but if you’re under the age of 16 we need consent from your parent or guardian.
  • The day includes a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. You will get a Youth MHFA manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it.
  • When you complete the day you'll get a certificate to say you are a Youth MHFA Champion.

1 DAY COURSE OUTLINE:

Session 1

  • Why Youth MHFA One Day?
  • What is mental health and mental ill health?
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • The Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • Depression
  • Suicide

Session 2

  • Anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Recovery
  • Resilience

The session covers:

Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities.

The session covers:

  • Language and mental health issues
  • What is mental health?
  • Mental health conditions
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Self-harm
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Alcohol, illegal drugs and mental health
  • Supporting young people in distress
  • Mental and emotional wellbeing

Overview:

We’re all aware of the challenges a university environment can bring to staff and student mental health alike. Moving away from support networks for the first time, academic pressure, financial worries, rising debt and the uncertainty of the graduate job market can all trigger mental ill health or worsen existing mental health issues in students.

78% of students reported experiencing mental health issues in the last year – but less than half had sought support

And long working hours, a culture of overwork, isolation, and increasing pressures from league tables means that stress and burnout is common from PhD students to vice-chancellors.

66% of academics with mental health issues say their ill health is directly related to work

The Higher Education Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are for everyone who works or studies in a university environment. You will gain the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues, offer first aid and guide someone towards the support they need. In doing so, you can speed up recovery and stop a mental health issue from getting worse.

Our courses won’t teach you to be a therapist, but we will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis - and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

But more than that, our courses aim to give you the information and skills to look after your own mental health, promote positive wellbeing and raise awareness in the people around you. By giving you the tools to have these conversations, we hope to empower you to create a mentally healthy, supportive environment in your university.

Our intensive Higher Education mental health awareness and skills course was created in consultation with leading student mental health charity Student Minds. It was piloted in 16 universities and evaluated by the University of Chester.

This one day course qualifies you as a Higher Education MHFA Champion. It is designed to give you:

  • A deeper understanding of the issues that relate to student and staff mental health
  • Skills to spot early signs of mental ill health
  • Confidence to signpost someone to support – whether that’s through self-help resources, university counselling services, the NHS, or a mix
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.
  • The day includes a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. You will get a Higher Education MHFA manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it.
  • When you complete the training you'll get a certificate to say you are a Higher Education MHFA Champion.

Delivered in an engaging and dynamic style by experts, our dynamic sessions can be delivered in anything from 1-hour presentations to 1-day interactive programmes. Whatever level of staff you have in mind, we have a product for you:

Manager Training;

  • Understand the difference between pressure and stress.
  • Recognise signs of stress in self and staff.
  • Positive stress management techniques.
  • Pro-active management of stress in individuals and teams.
  • Managing staff absence and preventing presenteeism.

Staff Training:

  • Understand the difference between pressure and stress.
  • Recognise signs of stress in self and others.
  • Positive stress management techniques.
  • Build self-awareness and resilience.

Content of sessions can be tailored to fit your organisational need and can be expanded or reduced to ensure we include content important to you.

MMH is proud of our flexible approach and will tailor training to suit your need. Examples of sessions available:

  • Active Listening Skills (for staff and / or managers).
  • Mental Health – what the law says.
  • Mindfulness at work sessions.
  • Pranic Healing sessions.
  • ‘Talking Point’ Learning Lunches, Breakfast meetings and ‘bite sized’ sessions on a variety of mental health related topics.

MMH Associate Trainers are experienced public speakers and will deliver concise and hard-hitting presentations on mental health related topics at your conferences.

Tel: 07789 112680

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