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Mental Health First Aid Training

How prepared is your organisation to support Mental Health in the workplace?
With 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health issue in the UK at any one point, it is highly likely that your employees will be affected at some point by mental health either personally, or through a family member, friend or colleague. It is therefore important that organisations take steps to support their staff in a working context.

By demonstrating support towards mental health and taking a proactive approach to dealing with mental health issues in the workplace, staff wellbeing may be positively impacted. By engaging in mental health first aid, your staff can learn how to identify the common symptoms of poor mental health, how to act upon them and how to support those in mental health crisis.

Mental Health First Aid is a two-day training course which can assist your staff with practical skills to apply both in the workplace and in their personal lives, demonstrating commitment to positive mental health for all. The training is fully certified and follows the internationally recognised Mental Health First Aid England (Adult) course. The approach is supported by the HSE as a measure that companies can take to addresses mental ill health and stress in the workplace.

What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid (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. It teaches participants to listen, reassure and respond, including in times crisis. The Adult MHFA courses are for everyone aged 16 upwards.

What will participants learn?
Learning takes place through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions. The two-day course is delivered through the use of practical skills and awareness, designed to give participants:

• A deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect people’s wellbeing, including their own
• Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
• Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
• Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
• Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to appropriate support

Upon completion of the course participants will get a certificate of attendance and a manual to keep and refer to whenever needed.

How will attending an MHFA course help?
Research and evaluation shows that taking part in the accredited MHFA from Mental Health England course:
• Raises awareness and mental health literacy
• Reduces stigma around mental ill health
• Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
• Promotes early intervention which enables recovery

OPA Health provides the two day accredited adult Mental Health First Aid training from Mental Health England. There is a requirement from Mental Health England that a minimum of 8 to maximum of 16 delegates can attend a course.

The course can be run onsite solely for your organisation or individual places can be booked on a central course within Colchester that takes place twice a year.

Our next Event is taking place from April 27 to 28 at Firstsite, Colchester. To register your interest, please fill in our enquiry form or telephone OPA Health Ltd on 01206 700911.

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