MHFA Training for Adult

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training Courses for Adults

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

Mental Health First Aider

Delivered over 2 days in the classroom or a blend of self-learning and 4 short, live sessions online, this course certifies 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

Find out more about the Role of a MHFAider and implementing MHFA in your organisation.

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. All delegates will receive the MHFA course manual, workbook and plastic 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.

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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

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MHFA Workplace Champion

Delivered over 1 day in the classroom or 2 x half day sessions online, this intensive, case study focussed programme provides delegates with:

  • 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. All delegates will receive the MHFA Champion course manual, workbook and plastic 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.

 

MHFA CHAMPION 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

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Mental Health Aware

Delivered over 4 hours in the classroom or online, this introductory session aims to raise awareness of mental health. Easily adaptable for manager or specific group training, 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.

We limit numbers to 25 in the classroom and 16 online so that the Instructor can keep delegates safe and supported while they learn.

Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. All delegates will receive the Mental Health Aware manual and workbook.

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

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MHFA Refresher

MHFA England requires MHFAiders to refresh their learning at least every 3 years. Delivered over 4 hours in the classroom or online, this session will:

  • Refresh the skills needed to be a MHFAider
  • Update knowledge of mental health and supports
  • Provide an opportunity to practice applying the MHFA Action Plan

We limit numbers to 25 in the classroom and 16 online so that the Instructor can keep delegates safe and supported while they learn.

Learning takes place through a combination of presentation, group activities and film clips. All delegates will receive the MHFA Refresher manual and workbook.

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:

  • Reminders of key concepts introduced in MHFA Training
  • Re-introducing ALGEE
  • Refreshing knowledge of warning signs and mental health conditions
  • Crisis First Aid for Suicide
  • Practicing MHFA skills
  • Self-care, wellbeing and recovery

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