Mental Health First Aid  Accredited Training

Mental health problems are common - 1 in 4 people will experience an anxiety disorder and 1 in 6 people will experience depression at some stage of their lives.

 

Throughout the course of a person’s life, it is highly likely that an individual will either develop a mental health problem or have close contact with someone who does.

Learn skills and gain the confidence to assist friends, family and

co-workers experiencing mental health problems

What is Mental Health?

The World Health Organization states that mental health is a "state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community".

Many people with mental health problems delay seeking help or do not seek help. The longer people delay getting help and support, the more difficult their recovery can be. MHFAiders can encourage people to seek help early. 

 

Mental health first aid has been found to be effective. Several research studies have shown that training in Mental Health First Aid results in better knowledge, attitudes and help-giving. Breaking down the stigma and discrimination that is associated with mental health problems, the MHFAiders can challenge these thoughts.  

Like traditional first aid, mental health first aid is a set of practical strategies that support a person who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis, until professional help is sought, or the crisis resolves.

MHFA provides people with skills which they will most likely use at one point in their lives.

People with mental health problems may at times not have insight that they need help or maybe unaware that effective help is available to them. In addition, professional help is not always easily available. Members of the public can offer immediate first aid and assist the person to get appropriate professional help and support.

 

Many people are not well informed about how to recognize mental health problems, how to respond to the person, and what effective treatments are available. MHFA will teach them this. 

  

Training in Mental Health First Aid Provides:

  • Skills in how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health   problems

  • Knowledge of the possible risk factors for these mental health problems

  • Awareness of the evidenced-based medical, psychological and alternative treatments available

  • Skills in how to give appropriate initial help and support someone experiencing a mental health problem

  • Skills in how to take appropriate action if a crisis situation arise

 

Recovery is possible for people with Mental Health problems, your support and understanding can make all the difference.

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Photographs Copyright Samantha Waters

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