Mental Health First Aid Courses
In partnership with Psychotherapy Solutions UK, we offer two variations of in-house MHFA courses -
ASA - Adults supporting adults (for the workplace)
ASYP - Adults supporting young people (for parents/carers, education providers and any individuals who predominantly work with young people aged 5-19 years old)
The next dates available are as follows:
ASYP - **Postponed due to covid**
ASA - **Postponed due to covid**
What is a Mental Health First Aid Course?
Our Mental Health First Aid Course will teach you to spot earlier signs and symptoms of common mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, and stress - it has been designed as an introduction to mental health to raise an awareness of how important it is to offer early intervention to young people aged 5-19 years old, and how practising good mental health can be vital in the workplace. The courses provide an overview of mental health problems, outlining some of the symptoms and effects, and explains what can be done to help individuals feel supported and encouraged.
Who Should Take This Course?
The ASA course is suitable for all HR workers, managers, supervisors, and employers, and the ASYP course for any parent/carer, education provider or individual who works predominantly with young people, who wishes to understand more about mental health conditions so they can better support individuals, and positive mental health can be encouraged. The course is designed as an introduction to mental health and so no pre-requisite knowledge or training is needed.
Following completion of this course you will be able to:
Understand the important factors affecting mental health
Identify the signs and symptoms for a range of mental health conditions
Offer early intervention
Listen non-judgementally and hold supportive conversations
Signpost to the correct professional support services
It is important to remember that our courses do not teach people to be therapists or counsellors, and do not teach people how to diagnose mental health conditions. Instead, your role is to act as a point of contact and reassurance for a young person who may be experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress and offer initial support, then signpost them to the relevant professional services. Maintaining appropriate boundaries is a key part of successfully providing mental health first aid and keeping yourself safe and well.
Our course is 16 hours of face to face learning, delivered by experienced psychotherapists, consultants, and wellness coaches, over two days
There is a learning assessment that takes place at the end of day two, there is no pass or fail ‘grade’ but a summary of assessment of learning for each attendee will be submitted to your organisation
Attendees will be awarded a 16-hour CPD Mental Health First Aid Certificate on completion of all modules and this is valid for 12 months with our organisation
Every attendee of the course will be granted 12-months access to a psychotherapist within our organisation. The purpose of this after care service is to assist them with any situations that may arise while they support young people as first aiders
What you will learn:
What first aid for mental health is
How to identify the main mental health conditions a individual might be experiencing when you could be called to support them
Early intervention skills
How to provide advice and how to start a conversation with an individual you suspect may be experiencing a mental health condition
The relevant support services that are available for you to signpost an individual to
How you can support an individual alongside their professional services
This course will train you, support you and build your confidence in supporting anybody who is experiencing mental distress. Much the same as a traditional first aider who is concerned with physical distress, a first aider for mental health provides the same type of immediate help and support for emotional distress.
Topics covered throughout the course:
(for the ASYP course these will be delivered in 3 age categories: 5-10 years, 11-16 years, and 17-19 years):
Drugs and alcohol
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Autism and ADHD
Non-judgemental listening skills
Stigma and discrimination
Early intervention and resources for mental health
Every attendee who completes the course will receive:
A CPD official Mental Health First Aider certificate (Valid for 12 months)
A course manual to take away and refer to whenever they need it, including a helpful toolkit to equip them to take care of their own mental health
365-day access to a psychotherapist for support within their role as first aider
We have different pricing plans depending on how many attendees you would like to undertake the course(s). Please email us here for a bespoke package.
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