Mental Health First Aid - Gaskell Safety Ltd

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Mental Health first Aid (MHFA England)

  • Course Duration: 2 Days
  • Course Location: Gaskell Safety Training Centre, Burton-on-Trent 
  • Course Cost: £225 + VAT
  • CITB Short Course Duration Grant at Tier 2 Value of £70
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Upcoming Dates

24th – 25th November 2021
24th – 25th February 2022
21st – 22nd April 2022
15th – 16th June 2022
18th – 19th August 2022
13th – 14th October 2022
15th – 16th December 2022

Mental Health First Aid Course Overview

This qualification will cover the following topics:

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
  • 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

By the end of the course the students will have the following:

  • A certificate of attendance to say they are a Mental Health First Aider

  • A manual to refer to whenever they need it

  • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan

  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support their own mental health

  • A copy of the Line Managers’ Resource, an invaluable source of advice on how to support an employee experiencing mental ill health

No formal entry requirements – a good understanding of English is required.

  • Two day face to face course across four manageable sessions

  • Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities

  • Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan

  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they lear

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