Mental Health First Aid 2 Days This course is available online (Also delivers the 1 Day MHFA Champion online)

This two day course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider, giving you:

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing

  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues

  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress

  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening

  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support - whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix


 

​Cost   We value this course at £300 per person.


Format

  • This is an online course delivered through the MHFA England Online Learning Hub

  • Learning takes place through four live training sessions, spread across two weeks, with self-learning activities in between. See course structure section below for more detail 

  • Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan

  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn
     

Takeaways

 

Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A certificate of attendance to say you are a Mental Health First Aider

  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it

  • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan

  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health

 

Session 1

Individual learning (1 hour):

Introduction to the Online Mental Health First Aid course and the Online Learning Hub (course overview, safety procedure, attending live sessions, and completing individual learning activities)

 

  • Activity 1: Why Mental Health First Aid?

  • Activity 2: The Mental Health First Aid action plan

  • Activity 3: What is mental health?

  • Activity 4: Quiz: Impact of mental health

  • Activity 5: Stress Container (completed after live session)

  • Activity 6: Frame of Reference (completed after live session)


 

Live session (1 hour 45 minutes):

  • Introduction to course functions

  • Introduction to the course

  • ALGEE and mental health introduction recap

  • Stigma

  • Risk and protective factors

  • 10 minute break

  • Frame of Reference

  • The Mental Health Continuum

  • Introduction to the Stress Container

 

Session 2

  • Individual learning (2 hours):

  • Activity 7: What is depression?

  • Activity 8: Risk factors for depression

  • Activity 9: Mental Health First Aid for depression

  • Activity 10: Introduction to suicide
     

Live session (2 hours 20 minutes):

  • Recap of individual learning on depression

  • Prevalence of suicide

  • Suicide, substance misuse and dual diagnosis

  • Analyse the impact of suicidal feelings

  • Recap of ALGEE and risk factors for suicide

  • Explain Mental Health First Aid action plan 1 for suicide

  • 10 minute break

  • Explain non-judgemental listening, Empathy video

  • Practice using ALGEE in case study scenarios

  • Review of ALGEE for suicide and depression

  • Self-care

 

Session 3

Individual learning (2 hours):

  • Activity 11: What is anxiety?

  • Activity 12: Mental Health First Aid for anxiety

  • Activity 13: What are eating disorders?

  • Activity 14: Mental Health First Aid for eating disorders

  • Activity 15: What is self-harm?

  • Activity 16: Mental Health First Aid for self-harm

  • Activity 17: What are personality disorders?


 

Live session (2 hours):

  • Recap of individual learning of anxiety

  • Recap of the five basic steps of ALGEE for anxiety

  • Explain action 1 for anxiety

  • How to support someone who is having a panic attack

  • Explain crisis first aid

  • Practice action 2: non-judgemental listening

  • 10 minute break

  • Practice applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan for anxiety

  • Recap of ALGEE for anxiety

  • Explain cognitive behavioural therapy

  • Recap of eating disorders and self-harm

  • Case study for eating disorders and self-harm

  • Review ALGEE for eating disorders and self-harm

 

 

Session 4

Individual learning (2 hours):

  • Activity 18: What are psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?

  • Activity 19: Risk factors for psychosis

  • Activity 20: Mental Health First Aid for psychosis

  • Activity 21: Helpful and unhelpful responses

  • Workbook Activity 10: My action plan for using Mental Health First Aid (completed after live session)
     

Live session (1 hour 55 minutes): 

  • Review of individual learning on psychosis

  • Explain the development of symptoms of psychosis

  • Review the five steps of ALGEE for psychosis

  • Group discussion about MHFA Australia psychosis video

  • Case study activity using Mental Health First Aid action plan for psychosis

  • 10 minute break

  • Recovery

  • Explore how to build a mentally healthy workplace

  • Start action plan to use Mental Health First Aid

  • Feedback

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