Become a Mental Health First Aider

Buckinghamshire Mind is offering Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) two-day training, accredited by MHFA England, that qualities delegates as a Mental Health First Aider.

As an expert mental health partner, Buckinghamshire Mind specialises in delivering professional training courses to support people to live well in their communities and thrive at work. Now, the charity is calling on local businesses to manage the mental health of their employees by booking places on the charity’s MHFA training courses in Aylesbury.

“We know that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year,” says Andrea McCubbin, Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Mind. “The biggest cause of sickness absence in the UK is stress, anxiety and depression, with mental ill-health costing employers £34.9 billion each year. Improving the management of mental health in the workplace will allow employers to save 30% or more of these costs. The Buckinghamshire Mind MHFA course will empower delegates to identify, reach out to and help someone within their organisation who may be experiencing a mental health issue.”

The MHFA course will be able to build employees’ confidence around mental health, stop preventable issues, encourage a faster recovery from long-term mental health problems and promote a mentally healthy working environment.

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, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix

Our instructors provide a safe, inclusive and supportive learning environment. No prior knowledge of mental health is necessary.

The courses, which cost £300 per person, are being held on 25th-26th April and 16th-17th May at the Healthy Living Centre in Aylesbury. Further dates and locations are to be scheduled. Discounted rates are available for bookings of 12 or more people.

To book, please contact Sophia Hobbs, Buckinghamshire Mind’s Training Lead, on 07496 100977 or email sophia.hobbs@bucksmind.org.uk

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