MHFA England Mental Health Training and Awareness
Certified training for Mental Health First Aiders, Managers and Employees. We equip you with the techniques and confidence to support and manage team members with mental health issues
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Become an MHFA England accredited Mental Health First Aider.  Attend our next 2 day public course

  • When?  25th – 26th November 2019
  • Where?  Offices of Solihull BID.  Close to the centre of Solihull at 618 Warwick Rd, Solihull, B91 1AA
  • How much?  £275 per delegate (inclusive of VAT)
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Work Wellness deliver three levels of mental health training:

  • Half Day Mental Health Aware
  • One Day Mental Health Champion
  • Two Day Mental Health First Aider
…and we follow-up with First Aider and Champion Refresher Training
  • All course are delivered by accredited MHFA England Instructors who are also qualified Occupational Health Specialist Practitioners 
  • The courses are a mix of presentations, situational videos, discussions, and group work activities.
  • There are no formal assessments but delegates who attend all sections of a course are awarded MHFA England accreditation
  • We recommend a maximum of 10 delegates per course so that the instructor can keep delegates safe and supported while they learn

This course develops awareness of the key considerations involved in mental health first aid.

In a single session (with comfort breaks of course) we’ll cover the following topics:

  • What is mental health?
  • Mental Health Continuum
  • Factors which affect mental health
  • Stigma
  • Stress and stress management
  • Spotting signs of distress
  • Mental health conditions:
    • Depression
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Psychosis
    • Eating disorders
    • Suicide
    • Self-harm
  • Recovery
  • Take 10 Together – starting a supportive conversation
  • Supporting mental health in the workplace
  • Useful statistics
  • Helpful resources

This course qualifies you as an Adult MHFA Champion.  It’s ideal for line managers.

MHFA Champions have:

  • An understanding of common mental health issues
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
  • Ability to spot signs of mental ill health
  • Skills to support positive wellbeing

Across two sessions we’ll cover:

Session 1:

  • About Mental Health First Aid
  • About mental health and stress in the workplace
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Other mental health issues (eating disorders, self-harm, psychosis)
  • Early warning signs of mental ill health
  • Alcohol, drugs and mental health

Session 2:

  • Applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • Action 1: Approach the person, assess and assist with any crisis
  • Suicide
  • Action 2: Listen and communicate non-judgementally
  • Action 3: Give support and information
  • Action 4: Encourage the person to get appropriate professional
  • Action 5: Encourage other supports
  • Recovery
  • Building a mentally healthy workplace
  • Action planning for using MHFA

This course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider.  Mental Health First Aiders have:

  • 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
  • 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 further support – whether that’s self-help resources, employee assistance programmes, their GP, other specialist practitioners or a combination

Across four sessions we’ll cover.

Session 1:

  • Why Mental Health First Aid?
  • The Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • 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 disorder
  • 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

In a single session (with comfort breaks of course) we’ll cover the following: 

  • Refresh your awareness of the mental health support you might provide
  • Update your knowledge of mental health and what influences it
  • Practice applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan

Of course you’ll also have the opportunity to share experiences, hints and tips with other First Aiders and Champions

MHFA England recommend that First Aiders and Champions attend refresher training annually.

Please note: Attendance at refresher training does not extend your 3 year MHFA Champion or First Aider accreditation.  To extend these accreditions please contact Work Wellness to arrange a new Champion or First Aider course

Our price for all courses includes:

  • A manual for each delegate to refer to whenever needed back at the workplace
  • A workbook for each delegate including a helpful toolkit to support their own mental health
  • MHFA England accreditation certificate

Your MHFA accreditation is valid for 3 years.  Contact Work Wellness to arrange the relevant; Aware, Champion or First Aider training course and extend your accreditation for another 3 years.  The course content will have changed considerably over that period, and you may have changed as well, so it won’t feel like a repeat.

What Employees Say

MENTOR research, carried out on behalf of IOSH (the Chartered body for health and safety professionals) surveyed 139 employees from 81 organisations across 20 industries throughout England.  They asked staff what had changed in the workplace as a result of MHFA England training. Here’s what they had to say: