Mental Health First Aid Course
- Frogmary Farm
- Wed, 15 Nov 2017 - Wed, 22 Nov 2017 (09:30 - 16:30)
Why is Mental Health First Aid important?
Mental health problems are common. One in four British adults will experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any year. Mental illness is estimated to be the main cause of more sick days than any other health problem, costing the UK economy up to £26 billion every year through lost working days, staff turnover and lower productivity.
Despite the scale of the problem, frontline workers may often feel unsure about how to support clients who experience depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. The course provides a basic grounding on how best to deal with people who have such difficulties. Increasing awareness of mental health will help improve the service you provide and the way you manage staff.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a two-day introductory course aimed at people who want to feel more confident, competent and comfortable in dealing with mental health problems.
The 12 hour Mental Health First Aid course will teach you how to:
- Spot the early signs of a mental health problem
- Feel confident helping someone experiencing a problem
- Provide help on a 'first aid' basis
- Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
- Help stop a mental illness from getting worse and to recover faster
- Guide someone towards the right support
- Reduce the stigma of mental health problems
The course is aimed at frontline workers, typically from the following areas:
- Statutory and voluntary sector workers in health, welfare or social justice
- Adult education, leisure and community safety staff and volunteers
- Emergency service workers
- General Practice staff
The MHFA England scheme is part of a national training programme accredited by the Royal Society of Public Health. All instructors have undergone specialist training and are approved by MHFA England.
This course is being organised for free through Public Health at Somerset County Council, as part of its implementation of the Somerset Mental Health and Wellbeing strategy. The market rate for these courses is £150 per person.
If you would like further information on the strategy or this course, please contact:
Louise Finnis, Health Promotion Manager – Mental Health LFinnis@somerset.gov.uk
Telephone 01823 357252