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Adult Mental Health First Aid Champion

Face-to-Face or Virtual Delivery

Course Aim

"A manager mental health training programme could lead to an associated return on investment of £9.98 for each pound spent.”

Thriving at Work, Stevenson/Farmer, 2017

MHFA England training is a key component for creating a safe, healthy workplace where the mental health and physical health of employees are valued equally.


Suitable for those in a leadership position who want to be able to manage mental health in the workplace and keep people in work supporting good occupational safety and health.


Participants will learn how to:

  • Recognise the main signs and symptoms of common mental health issues

  • Provide initial support to the Mental Health First Aiders and those needing support

  • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help

  • Develop an understanding of how you can create and maintain a healthier workforce.

Impact of Training

Investing in MHFA Champions within the workplace means having a preventive approach to mental health issues. Encouraging activities that model and promote healthy behaviours and encourage others to proactively look after themselves.

 

Having leaders who are MHFA Champions gives opportunities to open dialogue about mental health within workplaces. This leads to recognising the early signs of mental health issues and therefore being able to signpost to appropriate sources of support and professional help. In many cases avoiding escalation of symptoms and preventing absence.

Improving the ethos of the organisation/ school. Through knowledge there is reduced stigma and fear of judgment. MHFA Champions can gather employee feedback on how to improve mental health at work and give a voice to those who may not normally wish to speak up.​

Course Content

Session One:

  • About Mental Health First Aid ​

  • 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 Two:

  • 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

Format

  • This is a one day course can be delivered either face-to-face in-house or via online video conferencing

  • If delivered virtually, learning takes place through two live training sessions, spread across one week, with self reflection activities in between. 

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

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

Takeaways

Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A certificate of attendance to say you are an MHFA Champion

  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it

  • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan

  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health

Cost

MHFA England value this course at £200 per person. 

We are able to offer the full course at a subsidised cost of £150 per person.

In-house courses are priced at £2200 for a maximum of 16 participants.

Testimonials

"Would recommend this course be made available in all workplaces. To widen and extend knowledge and understanding regarding mental health. The skills and confidence gained is invaluable. Huge thanks again to Holly, a fantastic instructor. Guiding us through with compassion, knowledge and insight."

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