In the workplace or wherever, we have first aiders to treat physical health problems that arise so why not have them for mental health problems too? Awareness of the issues around poor mental health is increasing. At ECPT, we have long had an interest in all things mental health and we are established in delivering our own training programmes as well as those that are delivered to a set of agreed national and international standards.

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What is Mental Health First Aid (Certified)?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a nationally recognised course that equips people to recognise the signs of mental health problems in others and to provide support. It won’t teach anyone how to be a therapist but will give people confidence to offer help to others and give them the information they need to prevent a potential crisis.

Mental Health First Aid skills are valuable in the workplace, in schools, in organisations of any size, or just for everyday life. The course includes workbooks and resources you can use and refer to to help others seek the help they need, whether it’s just a chat from you or being progressed to bigger mental health services.

2-day Mental Health First Aid course in Hull

There are a variety of different MHFA courses available. The one we run at our training centre in Hull is the Adult MHFA 2-day classroom course. The MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor, who has attended the seven day instructor training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.

Our MHFA instructors deliver training in four manageable chunks, each with a focus on how to apply Mental Health First Aid Skills:

Session 1 – Mental Health First Aid, mental health and depression

Session 2 – Depression (cont.) and suicidal crisis

Session 3 – Anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and self-harm

Session 4 – Psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

How will becoming a Mental Health First Aider help?

The MHFA 2-day course will:

  • Give a deeper understanding of the issues that impact on and relate to people’s mental health
  • Teach practical skills that can be used every day, including being able to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and feel confident guiding people towards appropriate support
  • Independent research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA course:
  • Raise awareness and mental health literacy
  • Reduce stigma around mental ill health
  • Boost knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
  • Encourage people to start a conversation with a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue
  • Promote early intervention which enables recovery

MHFA won’t teach you how to be a therapist but you will be able to say you’re a Mental Health First Aider.

All attendees will receive a copy of the MHFA manual and workbook, which are both excellent support resources, When you have completed the course you will also receive a certificate to confirm that you are a trained Mental Health First Aider.

Upcoming MHFA courses

The dates for our MHFA courses are……

Monday 11th and Monday 18th October 2021 (two consecutive Mondays)
ECPT, 861 Holderness Road, Hull
£165 per person
You can book your place at: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theellesmerecentre/336733#

If you have any questions or would like to discuss exclusive group sessions, please do get in touch with us admin {at} ellesmerecentre – co – uk