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Why Mental health first aid?

Mental health is different from mental illness..........

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We all have mental health (emotional, physical & social well-being) and some of us will develop mental illness - a range of problems that involve changes to our thoughts, emotions and behaviour. They are treatable, and when problems are identified early, it is well documented that people recover quicker and with less impact on their work, schooling and families (www.mind.org.uk)


1 in 4 people in the UK experiences at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any given year (NHS 2017). The Government's mental health strategy for England, " No health without mental health" acknowledges not only the personal cost of mental illness but also the huge cost of mental illness in the workplace to employers (www.hse.gov.uk).


Half of all mental health problems are established by the age of 14 years (NHS 2017). The Government, in it's various publications outlines surveys, case studies and various strategies to address the growing demand for mental health support for young people in schools and colleges (www.gov.uk). 


Sadly there is still a stigma surrounding mental illness and a culture of fear and silence pervades our society when it comes to talking about mental illness, meaning that problems are not identified early, and access to professional and self-help resources is often delayed. 


Thankfully, there is an abundance of research, documents, guidance and campaigns, published by the NHS, the Government and leading Mental Health Charities all strongly supporting the need for change when it comes to attitudes and support for Mental Health (eg The Thriving at Work Review 2017, www.hse.gov.uk).


Mental Health First Aid Training offers the potential to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, to promote positive mental health and to provide valuable support and sign-posting to those affected by mental illness of all ages in schools, colleges and in any work-place setting.


Mental Health First Aid Training Courses

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I am excited to offer a range of Mental Health First Aid Courses- as detailed below. All of the courses below are certified courses with the certificate being awarded by First Aid Awards, an Ofqual regulated organisation. The courses are based on current NHS and evidence-based guidelines. 




As a Nurse I have gained valuable insight into the Mental Health problems young people, adults  and their families experience. Within my own family we have also experienced stress and anxiety, and thankfully been able to access valuable sources of support.



The role of the Mental Health First Aider is explored in all 3 of the courses. Common to all 3 courses is the development of skills in recognising emergency situations, starting a supportive, non-judgemental conversation as well as being able to sign-post people to professional and self-help resources. 


Mental Health First Aid training will equip delegates with enhanced listening and non-judgemental communication skills, as well as a tool kit to look after your own mental health and to support others. 



The 1 and 2-day courses explore how to implement a positive mental health culture within your environment and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. 



A Mental Health First Aid course won't train you to be a therapist or a counsellor- it will provide you with the skills to identify problems, start a supportive conversation and offer valuable, effective support to people of all ages struggling with a mental health problem. As well as making a difference to others, it will also provide you with strategies to maintain your own mental health and well-being. 

Mental Health First Aid Courses

LEVEL 1: AWARENESS OF FIRST AID FOR MENTAL HEALTH (4 hours)

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On this introductory course you will learn how to identify Mental Health conditions, and gain skills to start a supportive conversation with young people and adults.  Managing stress and anxiety are covered as well as how and where to signpost people to professional and self-help resources.



Suitable for school staff, colleges, students, all work-places, health-care professionals and individuals.

LEVEL 2: FIRST AID FOR MENTAL HEALTH (1-day)

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In addition to the 4 hour course topics, this course also includes mental health problems associated with drugs and alcohol. You will also learn how to offer support using the Mental Health Action Plan approach as well as how to implement a positive Mental Health Culture in schools and workplaces. 



Suitable for school staff, colleges, students, all work-places, health-care professionals and individuals.

LEVEL 3: SUPERVISING FIRST AID FOR MENTAL HEALTH (2-day)

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As well as the 1-day course topics this course covers a range of Mental Health conditions in greater depth and explores the specific sign- posting and resources and support available for each one. This course is suitable for trainers and assessors, as well as supervisors and managers in any environment. 


Suitable for school staff, colleges, students, all work-places, health-care professionals and individuals.