Mental Health First Aid

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental health First Aid (MHFA) is providing initial support for someone in a mental health crisis situation or is developing a mental health problem.

MHFA is based on the model of general First Aid training and it was first developed in Australia.

The MHFA course will help you to recognise the symptoms of mental health problems, provide early assistance and inform an individual about appropriate professional help.

Who should attend MHFA?

Those working/volunteering in the public, private or third sector, and those living with/caring for someone experiencing mental distress, will benefit and learn how to support individuals with mental health difficulties.  The course is open to everyone.

Economic and Social costs of mental health problems

  • In England 23.1 billion is lost output in the economy caused by people being unable to work.
  • Stress, depression and anxiety are estimated to cost more lost days than any other work related illness.
  • 80 million working days are lost annually.
  • At any one time nearly one in 6 of the workforce is affected by a mental health condition.

Positive steps to improve the management of mental health in the workplace, including prevention and early identification of problems, could result in cost saving of 30%.

In an organisation with 1000 employees this is equivalent to cost savings of £250,607 per annum (NIACE guidelines, November 2009).

We offer the following Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training courses:

MHFA Adult

MHFA Youth

MHFA Lite

MHFA Schools and Colleges Course

 

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