Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training Course

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, equipping people with the knowledge and skills to be able to spot the signs and symptoms of someone experiencing mental ill health issues. The course develops people’s confidence to then signpost someone to the appropriate support.

Having trained Mental Health First Aiders helps to facilitate conversations about mental health. This reduces the stigma around mental health and will have a positive effect on your organisation's culture and employee wellbeing.

You will receive a certificate from Mental Health First Aid England on completion of the course.

This workshop is currently available online as Face-to-Face Live Online Learning using Zoom for public bookings. We are able to offer classroom sessions for private bookings only — please get in touch for availability.

Course Overview

Due to COVID-19, our public programme is currently only being held online through our Face-to-Face Live Online learning sessions. We have had to adjust the course content slightly so it can be delivered online — please see below for the updated course outline.

However, we are now able to offer classroom training sessions for private bookings. Please get in touch for more information, pricing and availability. 

 

This online course is held over four half-day sessions (for a total of two full days of learning). It will be delivered via a combination of face-to-face live-online Zoom sessions and self-guided study.

Please do not plan any other remote meetings on these days. It can be intense being online and we’d love you to be fresh throughout the learning.

What you will learn

The course equips people to be able to support an individual and assist with the situation until professional care can be administered.

A Mental Health First Aider is not someone who prescribes treatment or determines diagnosis.

During this two-day course, you will learn:

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Develop confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to the appropriate support eg Employee Assistance Programme, self-help resources, the NHS, or an external body such as Alcoholics Anonymous
  • The training provides a detailed plan regarding steps a MHF Aider takes when identifying someone experiencing mental ill health issues – called the ALGEE action plan. The acronym stands for Approach, Listen, Give support, Encourage to seek professional support, Encourage support others.
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental active listening.

Format

  • Two-day face-to-face live online course with four sessions — see below for more information
  • Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities
  • Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan - ALGEE

Topics Covered

Session 1

  • Why Mental Health First Aid?
  • The Mental Health First Aid action plan - ALGEE
  • 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
  • Treatment and resources for psychosis
  • Recovery and building resources
  • Action planning for using MHFA

Please be aware that this course covers subjects that some people may find distressing, including suicide and self-harm. However, if you feel overwhelmed you can leave at any time. Please speak to our friendly team if you are unsure whether our MHFA course is right for you.

After the course

Everyone who completes the course receives:

  • A certificate from Mental Health First Aid England
  • A manual covering the information covered in the sessions
  • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan — ALGEE
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health.

What you will learn

The course equips people to be able to support an individual and assist with the situation until professional care can be administered.

A Mental Health First Aider is not someone who prescribes treatment or determines diagnosis.

During this two-day course, you will learn:

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Develop confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to the appropriate support eg Employee Assistance Programme, self-help resources, the NHS, or an external body such as Alcoholics Anonymous
  • The training provides a detailed plan regarding steps a MHF Aider takes when identifying someone experiencing mental ill health issues – called the ALGEE action plan. The acronym stands for Approach, Listen, Give support, Encourage to seek professional support, Encourage support others.
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental active listening.

Format

  • Two-day face-to-face course with four sessions — see below for more information
  • Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities
  • Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan - ALGEE

Topics Covered

Session 1

  • Why Mental Health First Aid?
  • The Mental Health First Aid action plan - ALGEE
  • 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
  • Treatment and resources for psychosis
  • Recovery and building resources
  • Action planning for using MHFA

Please be aware that this course covers subjects that some people may find distressing, including suicide and self-harm. However, if you feel overwhelmed you can leave at any time. Please speak to our friendly team if you are unsure whether our MHFA course is right for you.

After the course

Everyone who completes the course receives:

  • A certificate from Mental Health First Aid England
  • A manual covering the information covered in the sessions
  • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan — ALGEE
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health.

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Looking for a private group event for your team, or even your whole organisation?

We can organise a date that works for you, and we can tailor the content to your team. Our private workshops can be held online, inhouse at your workplace or here at Happy's HQ in Aldgate, Central London (following current government guidelines).

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Why choose Happy?

  • Award-winning learner-focused approach
  • Small class sizes to give personal one-to-one support
  • Two years of free support after your course
  • Private group options available
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The Small Print

The course will run from 10am to 4pm on both days. All learners will need to install Zoom on their machines. Full technical requirements are on the Zoom website. Your link will be included in your joining instructions once you have booked your place — if you haven't received this email then please contact our team.

In ordinary circumstances, the course will run from 9am to 5pm (lunch is served 1pm to 1:45pm — we offer a choice of 3 cold bowl dishes). Please be careful to arrive by 8.45am for registration and refreshments. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals. If you arrive over 30 minutes late you may be asked to leave and attend another day.

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before booking for our payment terms and cancellation policy.

The happy Guarantee

We want everyone to go away from our courses feeling as though they have learnt useful, practical skills that they can use straight away when they go back to work.

If you don’t feel that your training has been useful or if you are unhappy in any way, please get in touch with our Customer Services team within 30 days of the course. We will be happy to offer you additional support and training free of charge to help you to gain the skills you need, or if you’d prefer, a full refund.

Coronavirus Update

Due to COVID-19, our public programme is currently only being held online through our Face-to-Face Live Online learning sessions. However, we are now able to offer classroom training sessions for private bookings. Please get in touch for more information, pricing and availability.

For the latest government guidance, please visit the gov.uk website.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will advise all clients if the situation changes.

If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to arrange some online training, our friendly team are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can leave a message on 020 7375 7300 or email us at hello@happy.co.uk.

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