Here’s why you should become a Mental Health First Aider

At any given time 1 in 4 people will suffer a mental health problem. That means every day you will meet someone at work, bump into someone at the supermarket or be sat next to someone on public transport who is dealing with depression, anxiety or stress just to name a few. You are likely be totally unaware that someone will have a mental or psychological condition, as unlike most physical illnesses, the signs of poor mental health aren’t always easy to spot.

That’s why Total Training delivers Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England training courses to teach people to spot the signs of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide a person towards support. The course won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis, and even potentially reach out to someone before a crisis happens.

Total Training’s quality mental health training will give people the tools to keep themselves healthy and support each other, while also offering five core benefits for any workforce:

  • Build employees’ confidence to have open conversations around mental health and break the stigma
  • Encourage people to access support early when needed, for a faster recovery
  • Empower people with a long-term mental health issue or disability to thrive in work
  • Promote a mentally healthy environment, stopping preventable issues & allowing people to thrive & become more productive
  • Embed a long-term positive culture across the whole organisation, where employees recognise that their mental and physical health is supported as equal parts of the whole person

Upon successful completion of the course, you will gain a range of valuable skills, including an in depth understanding of mental health and the practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues. The course will also give you the confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress, enhanced interpersonal skills, and the knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support.

“The course was very insightful, and a huge eye opener. With the level of course detail, the content started to hit home as I began to notice symptoms I knew people had,” said Liam Jacob, Employer Engagement Officer. “I opted to complete the course due to having worked with people with mental health issues and knowing people personally within my family who also struggle with poor mental health. I now have a greater understanding of mental health and I’m able to support those around me”.

Every MHFA England course is delivered by a qualified instructor, who has completed a MHFA Instructor Training Programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.

A two-day course, it can be undertaken at one of Total Training’s network of training centres or at your premises. The learning takes place across four sessions, involving an interactive mixture of group activities, presentations and discussions.

On completion of the course, you will receive a manual to refer to when needed, a workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health, and an official certificate of attendance to say you are a Mental Health First Aider.

If you would like to find out more information on becoming a Mental Health First Aider head to Total Training’s website. Alternatively, get in touch using the contact details below.

T 0121 706 0851