Adult Mental Health First Aid

There Is No Health Without Mental Health

Mind Jersey has instructors that have undertaken, and deliver, Mental Health First Aid England’s (“MHFA England”) courses. MHFA England training provides individuals with the tools to act as an initial support for others who may be in a mental health crisis situation or developing a mental health problem.

MHFA England training is a comprehensively research-based approach that was first developed in Australia in 2001.

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

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.

  • 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).

Mental Health First Aid England’s training was first delivered in Australia in 2001 and is licenced for delivery in 25 countries around the world. MHFA England is the sole licensed provider of Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training programme in England, the content of which is underpinned by over 15 years of robust evaluation and research and accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health. It is through this evidence base, accreditation and evaluation that our training has built its reputation as a robust, quality assured product, which is safe in its delivery and outcomes.

The price and length of MHFA England training is reflective of its quality and safety and so we cannot vouch for other training products being offered which may be shorter and cheaper but claiming the same learning outcomes. It is only instructors who have trained on the MHFA England Instructor Training programme who would have access to the accredited manuals and licenced course delivery kit. We would therefore encourage anyone considering booking onto an Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training programme to look carefully into the quality assurance and evidence base underpinning the course content to ensure it meets the high standards associated with MHFA England training.

Adult MHFA Two Day Course

The next courses available are:

23rd & 24th May (This course is full)
11th & 12th July (This course is full)
19th & 20th September (This course is full)
21st & 22nd November (This course is full)

The cost per person is £275.

Wait listing is available if a course is already full.

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MHFA Half Day Awareness

A 4-hour introductory course designed to increase mental health awareness and give an understanding of how to look after wellbeing and challenge stigma. The cost is £95pp.

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Testimonial One

When my Director approached me to become a Mental Health First Aider, I jumped at the chance as I’ve always wanted to be able to help people living with these issues on a more formal basis.

These days, people are becoming more and more open about their mental health and we are also becoming increasingly aware of the extent of mental health issues in our society.

Increasing my own awareness and knowledge is of course a good thing, as I can now do more to help others. We need to make people realise that mental health issues are nothing to be embarrassed about. When explaining mental health issues to those living with them, I always compare them to physical health problems to counteract the stigma.

The MHFA course opened my eyes to the large number of different mental health issues that exist and how to identify and understand them. It also really brought home how prevalent mental health problems are in our society, whether they are short term or life changing issues.

The course taught me to listen and not judge my colleagues. It has helped me to remain calm and supportive in some very challenging situations. It also gave me confidence and taught me what needs to be done when someone approaches me for help.

Yes, for sure. It made me think more about my work/life balance and my priorities. It also led me to recognise that I needed help with bereavement and the support I received was excellent.

All line managers would benefit from an increased level of understanding and some practical experience, in my opinion. Taking the MHFA course would help them to identify colleagues who may have mental health problems. And having the knowledge to provide mental health support is an invaluable tool.

Testimonial Two

I believe it is very important to increase everyone’s awareness of mental health in 2017. So many of our family members, friends and colleagues are affected by mental issues of varying degrees. Burying our heads in the sand and ignoring them will only exacerbate the problem. We must highlight how common mental health issues are and how we can support our own and others’ mental wellbeing. Increased understanding and awareness will hopefully encourage people to seek the appropriate support.

Yes, it certainly has! Whilst I was aware of the more common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, I had very little knowledge of psychosis and some of the less common issues. I probably would have been a bit wary of someone who was hearing voices prior to taking the MHFA course, however I am now aware that a person experiencing this type of mental health issue is no more likely to behave in a violent manner towards me than anybody else. As always, education will help to remove the stigma attached to mental health issues like this.

Without a doubt, learning to listen and be non-judgemental. It is much more difficult than it sounds, but the MHFA course certainly helped me with this area.

I now understand that I need to take care of my own mental wellbeing to support others

I honestly think everyone would benefit from MHFA training. If you have never encountered anyone who is dealing with a mental health issue then you are very much in the minority, or you are simply unaware of the issue.

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