Mental Health First Aid England CIC
H7. Mental Health and Wellbeing
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 2 April, 2013
All staff attend the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)course. This 2-day skills intervention course increases mental health literacy and develops confidence and ability to recognise the early signs and symptoms of common mental health problems as well as then applying mental health first aid, a simple but effective skill to support someone in distress.
The MHFA course teaches staff 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
- Help someone recover faster
- Guide someone towards the right support
- Reduce the stigma of mental health problems
As part of the MHFA course, each member of staff also receives a comprehensive manual (100 plus pages) which has more detailed information and resources for further use.
From our course evaluations we know that a benefit of attending the course is that staff gain an increased awareness of their own mental health and how to ensure they are looking after themselves and when to seek help if they become unwell.
Furthermore, wellbeing is discussed at every bi-monthly staff 1:1 with relevant adjustments made to ensure positive mental health .