Mental Health First Aid

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Buckinghamshire Mind will be delivering both the 2 day  Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Standard and Youth Courses to organisations across the county.

Please email mhfa@bucksmind.org.uk or call 01494 792244 to register your interest in up coming courses or if you require any further information.

Buckinghamshire Mind are able to offer a number of subsidised spaces on these courses; please contact us and we will be able to confirm if you are eligible or not.

 What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health problem. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, mental health first aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.

Developed in Australia in 2000 and now internationally recognised in twenty three countries, the MHFA course teaches people how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues; provide help on a first aid basis and effectively guide those towards the right support services.

On 24th July 2012, the government issued guidance on how employers can help to maintain good mental health within the workplace. As part of this guidance employers were to ensure that staff received Mental Health First Aid training, just as they would with other First Aid training. Click here to read more

Who is it for?

Everyone! MHFA can be useful for a whole host of professions: social care professions, ambulance staff, staff nurse, family members, foster parents, school teachers, HR managers, managers, or to improve your own personal awareness and wellbeing. It is not suitable for clinicians. You need to be 16 years or over to attend the course.

Why is it important?

By learning to recognise the signs that someone may be unwell, you may be able to provide initial help, to guide a person towards appropriate professional help, and in its most powerful form, save a life by learning basic suicide intervention skills.

What will I learn?

Our MHFA Standard course is split up into 4 easy sections. These are:

  • What is mental health?
  • Suicide
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Psychosis

In each section you’ll learn how to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health problem
  • Feel confident helping someone experiencing a mental health problem
  • Provide help on a first aid basis
  • Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
  • Help stop a mental illness from getting worse
  • Help someone recover faster
  • Guide someone towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems

How will I learn?

The sessions will be a mix of presentation, group discussions and group work activities. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in certain bits, then don’t, we won’t make you do something you aren’t comfortable with.

Please click the link for more information: MHFA Standard Leaflet

 

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The Youth MHFA course follows the same structure as the Standard MHFA course but it’s focus is on supporting Young people, and therefore some of the sections are tailored towards topics which affect a higher number of our young people.

What will I learn?

Our Youth MHFA course is split up into 4 manageable chunks. These are:

  • What is mental health?
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Suicide and psychosis
  • Self harm and eating disorders

You will also cover other topics specific to young people that include child and adolescent development, bullying/cyber bullying, substance misuse and promoting protective factors and good parenting.

Please click the link for more information: MHFA Youth Leaflet


 

You will need to attend the course for the whole two days to receive an attendance certificate from MHFA England to say you are a Mental Health First Aider.

You will also receive a MHFA Standard manual that you will use throughout the 2 days and can take away with you at the end of the course.

You need to be 16 or over to attend a course

MHFAlite

Our MHFA Lite course is an introductory three hour mental health awareness course.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course you’ll be able to:

  • Define mental health and some common mental health issues
  • Identify stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues
  • Relate to people’s experiences and support people in distress
  • Look after your own mental health.

How will I learn?

The MHFA Lite course is an introductory course and lasts three hours.

The session will be a mix of presentations, group interaction, and activities. Our instructors provide a safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in certain parts, then there is no pressure to.

Due to some of the sensitive subjects of our courses, we limit numbers to 25 people. We want everyone to feel safe and our instructors can help if people find some parts particularly difficult.

You’ll receive a MHFA Lite manual that you can take away with you at the end of the session and an attendance certificate from MHFA England.

Who can attend the course?

The course is for everyone aged 16 and above and you don’t need any qualifications or experience in mental health to take part.

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What is Youth MHFA lite?

Youth MHFA Lite offers an introduction to young people’s mental health and to mental health issues. It is intended to introduce the Youth MHFA course.

What will I learn on a three hour Youth MHFA Lite course?
The aims of Youth MHFA Lite are to enable participants to:

  • Gain an understanding of some of the common mental health issues affecting young people, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis
  • Work more effectively with young people living with mental health issues
  • Identify stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues
  • Support young people with a mental health issue and relate to their experiences
  • Experience a taste of the contents of the Youth MHFA course.

How will I learn?

The Youth MHFA Lite course is a three hour session.

Our instructors provide a safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in certain parts, then there is no pressure to.

You’ll receive a Youth MHFA Lite manual that you can take away with you at the end of the course and a certificate from MHFA England.