Mental Health First Aid Training

Become a mental health first aider

This course really does save lives.

Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

MHFA England training 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.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Recognise warning signs of mental ill health
  • The skills and confidence to approach and support someone
  • How to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. 

What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma in the world around you.

Mental Health First Aid in the workplace

MHFA England training is a key component for creating a safe, healthy workplace where the mental health and physical health of employees are valued equally. It gives people the tools to support their own mental health and that of their colleagues and encourages them to access timely support when needed.

Legislation for Mental Health First Aid provision in the workplace is not yet in place. The Health and Safety Executive recommends:

“You should consider ways to manage mental ill health in your workplace which are appropriate for your business, such as providing information or training for managers and employees, employing occupational health professionals, appointing mental health trained first aiders and implementing employee support programmes.”

To meet these recommendations and demonstrate that your organisation views mental health as equally important to physical health, we recommend that you consider your organisation structure and the demands on the workforce. For some organisations it may be worthwhile aiming to have as many Mental Health First Aiders as physical first aiders.

For multisite organisations it is important that there is always a Mental Health First Aider available to support employees at each location.

Many organisations begin by piloting Mental Health First Aiders in one area of the business to establish what works for them before rolling it out more widely.

How to recruit MHFAiders?

Hope Health can help you every step of the way when looking to embed mental health first aid into your organisation. Please do reach out to one of our helpful team to discuss your requirements. You can also download our guide to recruiting Mental health first Aiders here.

This guide supports the recruitment process of MHFA's in your organisation and serves to provide prompts and considerations when recruiting MHFAs and embedding this training effectively
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