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Mental Health First Aid training

Are you looking to take a proactive approach to mental health in your workplace?

Would you like your staff to know how to identify, understand and respond to common mental health issues?

As an MHFA England Instructor Member, Pathlight Ltd offers Mental Health First Aid training to:

Organisations

In-house training courses for organisations responding to their corporate culture and ethical responsibilities around employee wellbeing.  Courses are suitable for general employees or can be targeted to groups such as HR teams, people managers and leadership teams who wish to support their colleagues through mental health issues.

In-house prices range range from £200 - £300 per delegate for the Adult Two Day Mental Health First Aider course, with further discounts available for recurring contracts.  Contact Pathlight to discuss your requirements or request a bespoke quote.

Individuals

Mental Health First Aid training courses aimed at individuals who wish to support adults who are experiencing mental health issues, either in their workplace or in their private lives.

Click the 'upcoming open courses' link below for details of upcoming Adult Two Day Mental Health First Aider courses.

 

FAQs

 

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the mental equivalent of physical First Aid...

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


MHFA 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.


The adult Mental Health First Aider course can be attended by anyone aged 16 and over, whether you wish to become an appointed Mental Health First Aider at your place of work or wish to support your family and friends who may be experiencing mental health issues.


Every Mental Health First Aid course is delivered by quality assured MHFA Instructors who have attended the same, official MHFA England Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, and is trained to keep people safe and supported while they learn.

 

Why do we need Mental Health First Aiders at work?

 

Boosting employee support, knowledge, wellbeing and productivity . . .

whilst reducing costs and stigma

1 in 4 people are expected to report mental health issues in any given year.  Stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sickness absence in our society and mental ill health is responsible for 91 million working days lost in the UK every year.  The Centre for Mental Health (2017) estimates that mental ill health costs UK employers £34.9 billion each year due to reduced productivity, sickness absence and staff turnover.  Employers could cut these costs by over 30% by introducing simple steps to improve the management of mental health in the workplace.  Appointing trained Mental Health First Aiders is a key step in effectively addressing this problem, whilst also providing quality support to employees who may be suffering with their mental health.


In January 2019, a motion was passed in Parliament requiring changes to workplace First Aid regulations, placing mental health on an equal footing with physical health.  Whilst the regulations have not yet been altered, your business can get ‘ahead of the game’ by ensuring that you have trained Mental Health First Aiders in your workplace now, thus enhancing your commitment to the wellbeing of your staff and taking steps to reduce the costly individual and corporate impact of mental health issues in your organisation.

In-house prices range from £200 - £300 per delegate for the Adult Two Day Mental Health First Aider course, with further discounts available for recurring contracts.  Please contact Pathlight to discuss your company's needs or request a bespoke quote.

What will I learn on the 2-day MHFA course?

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Identifying, understanding and supporting and guiding colleagues with mental health issues . . .

The 2-day adult Mental Health First Aider training teaches people how to identify, understand and help others who may be experiencing mental health issues.

The MHFA course will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis, and potentially stop a crisis from happening.  You will learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill health and will develop the skills and confidence to approach and support others while keeping yourself safe.  You will learn how to empower others to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. You will also gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma in the world around you.

The course is split into four manageable sessions, each teaching practical MHFA skills that can be used every day:

  1. Mental health; MHFA; depression.

  2. Depression (continued); suicide; addiction; listening skills; self-care.

  3. Crisis first aid after a traumatic event; disorders: personality, anxiety, eating, drugs & alcohol, self-harm, cognitive distortions and CBT.

  4. Psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; building resources; action planning using MHFA.

 

What can I expect from Pathlight's training?

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Pathlight are committed to providing excellent MHFA training at a time and place that suits you . . .

Learning takes place through a combination of workshop activities, presentations and group discussions, with each session built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan.


Course participant numbers are limited so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.  A collaborative, professional, respectful and confidential learning environment is guaranteed, along with warm, friendly, inclusive facilitation from a trained Mental Health First Aid England Instructor Member.

Everyone who completes the course will receive:

- A copy of the official MHFA manual to refer to whenever required;

- An MHFA workbook, which includes a helpful toolkit to support their own mental health; and

- A certificate from MHFA England showing that they are a qualified Mental Health First Aider

Independent research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA course:

  • Raises awareness around mental health;

  • Reduces stigma around mental ill health;

  • Increases confidence when guiding people towards appropriate support;

  • Accelerates early intervention around mental health issues;

  • Encourages approaches to a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

 
 
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