Completion of the Adult MHFA Two Day course will qualify you as a Mental Health First Aider.
Once qualified as a Mental Health First Aider, you will be able to:
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A mix of workshop activities, presentations, and group discussions built around the MHFA action plan will be used to guide learning on this course. Up to 16 people can participate in the four hour session at any one time, helping to ensure that the instructor keeps participants safe and supported throughout.
Participants will complete four learning sessions over the two day duration of the course. All participants will leave the course as qualified Mental Health First Aiders.
Every participant who completes the course will receive:
A certificate to show you are a qualified Mental Health First Aider
A Mental Health First Aid resources manual to be kept for reference
A number of topics will be explored over the course of each of the four sessions with guidance from the instructor. All participants will leave the course as qualified Mental Health First Aiders.
This session will begin by exploring the Mental Health First Aid action plan and the benefits of becoming a qualified Mental Health First Aider. The group will then answer the question – “What is mental health?”
The instructor will discuss the impact of mental health issues and the discrimination and stigmas commonly associated with them. The group will then take a focussed look at depression, identifying its characteristics and symptoms. The risks associated with depression and the topic of depression in the workplace will also be examined.
This session will begin by examining suicide figures and practical first aid skills that can be used in a suicidal crisis. The relationship between alcohol, drugs, and mental health will also be explored.
The group will enhance their interpersonal skills by learning and practicing non-judgemental listening. First aid skills for depression will also be outlined by the instructor, as well as treatments and resources for individuals experiencing depression. The concept of self-care will also be discussed.
This session will begin with a discussion of anxiety disorders. The instructor will teach practical first skills that can be used to treat anxiety disorders. The relationship between alcohol, drugs, and anxiety disorders will also be addressed, alongside treatments and resources for individuals experiencing an anxiety disorder.
Further mental health issues will be discussed during this session, including: self-harm, eating disorders, and personality disorders. Cognitive distortions and cognitive behavioural therapy will also be explored. Crisis first aid skills that can be used following a traumatic event will also be outlined to the group.
This session will begin with a discussion of psychosis and the risk factors associated with psychosis. The relationship between alcohol, drugs, and psychosis will be explored, alongside warning signs for the development of psychosis. Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder will also be discussed.
The instructor will teach the group crisis first aid skills that can be used to treat acute psychosis. Treatments and resources for individuals experiencing psychosis will also be outlined. The session will conclude by examining action planning for using Mental Health First Aid, including recovery and building resources.