First Aid for Mental Health
We are excited to be offering an important new course for 2020 – First Aid for Mental Health
What is First Aid For Mental Health?
When we think of first aid, we think of treating physical emergencies; those trained in first aid know what to do if someone gashes their leg, faints or starts choking. But what about if someone is behaving out of character, or is perhaps reacting to unseen stimuli, or is so distressed they’re talking about ending their life?
We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Mental ill health can strike at any time and can affect people from all walks of life. An important step to becoming a Mental Health First Aider is to recognise that mental health first aid is just as important as physical health first aid.
Although things are improving, stigma still exists around mental ill health. As a society, we don’t tend to know how to take care of our mental health like we do our physical health.
So what does the training offer?
First Aid for Mental Health First Aid is a training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.
As a mental health first aider you are not a therapist or medically qualified, but you will learn to spot signs and symptoms of mental illness, gain the confidence to act promptly and how to approach someone showing signs of mental health issues.
You’ll learn the knowledge and skills needed to guide someone to the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.
And importantly, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma in the world around you.
How do I train?
First Aid at work is common place, but this just covers physical illness. With approximately one in four people experiencing a mental health problem each year according to Mind, and with mental health services stretched beyond capacity, it’s important that people know what to do if to help if someone experiences mental health problems.
We offer three levels of training – Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health, First Aid for Mental Health, and Supervising First Aid for Mental Health, The posters on this page from our awarding body show the basics of each qualification.
We are currently offering courses for group bookings – please contact us for prices, more information, or with any questions. In the Autumn term, we will begin courses for individuals to book onto – please email us to register your interest in these and we will contact you once we have dates set.
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