The importance of mental health awareness cannot be underestimated, especially within an organisational setting. To ensure that this remains high on the employee welfare agenda, the presence of a fully trained Mental Health First Aider in the workplace is highly recommended.
Our Mental Health First Aid training course
This two-day course is designed to increase the delegate’s knowledge of mental health and their confidence towards it. By attending, they will be encouraged to notice the key indicators of somebody experiencing a mental health problem, which is backed up by the ability to provide mental health first aid and support.
Upon completion of training, delegates will receive a certificate to confirm their qualification as a Mental Health First Aider. They will also have access to a mental health first aid manual, which contains useful information for best practice in the workplace.
When embracing the subject of mental wellbeing, businesses are more likely to see an increase in the productivity of their employees, while also encouraging an open culture.
Upon completion of this course, our clients:
- Understand the principles of first aid for mental health
- Can recognise the key signs of ill mental health in self and others
- Are able to effectively support mental wellbeing in an organisational setting
- Understand how to promote a wellness culture in the workplace and the benefits of doing so
- Appreciate the importance of resilience and self-care for Mental Health First Aiders
Who benefits from Mental Health First Aid training?
- Line managers and team leaders
- People managers
- Experienced managers in need of a refresher
- Anyone wanting to qualify as a Mental Health First Aider
- Businesses looking to promote an open culture of mental wellbeing
Mental Health First Aid course content
- Why mental health first aid?
- Exploring your understanding of modern culture
- What is mental health?
- Stigma and discrimination
- Mental health problems, violence and the criminal justice system
- ALGEE – the actions for mental health first aid
- Eating disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Impact of trauma
- Alcohol and substance misuse
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Dates and location
Due to the nature of this course it is most effective when delivered in-house. Contact us for more information.
In-house training costs on application.
How to book Mental Health First Aid training
Understanding Mental Health First Aid
One in four people will experience mental health problems in their lifetime. Often, this will present itself at work, creating a need for additional help and support for employees.
At times, someone with mental health problems may experience severe emotional distress in the workplace. In these situations, the support they receive from their colleagues can play a significant role in preventing their condition from worsening, ultimately aiding their recovery.
If someone in your workplace is experiencing emotional distress and worsening mental health, then Mental Health First Aid may be required. This is the help and support you give to someone who is developing a mental health problem, or whose mental health is deteriorating perhaps to the point of crisis.
Mental Health First Aid helps to stabilise the situation until someone has received the appropriate professional treatment, or the crisis is resolved. It can also be applied in non-crisis situations when it becomes clear that someone within the workplace is beginning to suffer from worsening mental health and may need extra support.
What is a Mental Health First Aider?
A Mental Health First Aider is someone who has undergone a training course in Mental Health First Aid. This teaches people how to identify some of the key symptoms of mental ill-health and equips them with the practical skills needed to provide help.
While only a trained mental health professional is able to diagnose someone with a mental illness, a Mental Health First Aider can identify changes in someone’s behaviour, habits, personality or energy that may be the sign of a developing mental health problem.
Why are Mental Health First Aiders important?
Mental Health First Aiders can identify symptoms of poor mental health. They know how to provide support to someone during a crisis before professional help arrives, or they can help someone with developing issues to get the support they need. This might be through signposting to services or arranging support within the workplace.
A Mental Health First Aider is on hand to help people get support earlier, preventing problems from becoming worse over time. Over time, they help to create a more supportive and productive workplace.
Is Mental Health First Aid useful?
Mental Health First Aid is an increasingly valued skill in the workplace. We spend large amounts of our time at work and when we develop mental health challenges, it’s often in the workplace that they first present themselves.
When a workplace contains people who have undergone mental health training, it immediately becomes a more supportive environment. Training can reduce the risk of people experiencing mental health challenges and developing further problems. It can also provide support to help those with enduring mental health problems, allowing them to become productive members of the workforce.
How does AHR Consultants provide Mental Health First Aid training?
AHR Consultants provide a two-day course that equips delegates with the knowledge and skills to become effective Mental Health First Aiders in their workplace. It trains them to be able to spot some of the symptoms of mental and emotional stress and teaches them support skills to better assist a colleague or member of the public.