Mental Health First Aid

15th November 2018

Assist is now offering Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses.   

MHFA is an internationally recognised range of training courses teaching people how to spot the
signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even
in a crisis. 

What will you learn?
Learning takes place through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions. What you learn will depend on the length of course you attend:

Two Day - Mental Health First Aiders.  
A practical skills and awareness course designed to give you:
− A deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect people’s wellbeing, including your own
− Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
− Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
− Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
− Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to appropriate support

Half Day - Mental HealthAware
An introductory course designed to increase mental health awareness and give an understanding of how to look after wellbeing and challenge stigma. When you complete your course you will get a certificate of attendance and a manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it.

How will attending an MHFA course help?
Research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA course:
− Raises awareness and mental health literacy
− Reduces stigma around mental ill health
− Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
− Promotes early intervention which enables recovery

For full details of the MHFA courses visit:  http://www.mhfaengland.org/ and contact Assist for information on delivery of the courses.

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