Mental Health First Aid Training

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Be Empowered is proud to work with Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) to provide quality accredited mental health first aid training courses in the workplace. Through quality training, you can empower employees to support each other and create a productive, mentally healthy workplace.

Just like physical first aiders, what would it be like to have Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA’s) in your workplace? In our mental health first aid training we don’t train staff to become therapists, we teach people to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

Our MHFA course teaches practical skills that can be used every day. This includes how to spot the signs of mental health issues and feel confident guiding people towards appropriate support.

According to the World Federation for Mental Health, “employees favour a workplace that cares for their wellbeing and demonstrates support for wellbeing through a healthy work/life balance and strong diversity policies” (2017: Mental Health in the Workplace).

25

Will be affected by mental illness at some point in their lives.

90

Of UK employees feel unable to disclose mental health problems to their employer.

75

Of people with a diagnosable mental illness receive no treatment at all.

60

Of UK employees have experienced a mental health issue due to work/where work was a contributing factor.

Implementing Mental Health First Aid at work.

Mental Health First Aid training is a key component for creating a safe, healthy workplace where the mental health and physical health of employees are valued equally. It gives people the tools to support their own mental health and that of their colleagues and encourages them to access timely support when needed.

 

To be effective and have a sustainable impact, the training needs to be implemented as part of a strategic, whole organisation approach to wellbeing.

 

Be Empowered offer the whole workplace MHFA accredited training programme, including, MHFA Two Day full qualification in Mental Health First Aid, MHFA 1 Day line managers ‘Champion’ course and the MHFA Half Day awareness course.

 

We also offer bespoke courses, sessions and workshops for those organisations looking for specific topics to be covered as part of their wellbeing strategy, and/or to support their existing Mental Health First Aider’s in work.

Whole Organisation Approach

We believe the most effective way to create a healthy working environment is to train people in mental health awareness and skills at a blend of levels throughout your organisation. Every workplace is different but here is an adaptable framework that, in our experience, has the greatest sustainable impact.

Mental Health Aware

 

Ideal for: Whole Organisation.  Length: Half day

 

Lay the groundwork by introducing the idea of talking about mental health. This will tackle stigma, empowering people to utilise the other initiatives and supports you are putting in place.

Mental Health First Aid Champions

 

Ideal for: Line managers.  Length: One day course

 

Equip all line managers with the skills and confidence to spot when someone on their team is struggling, and to know how and when to offer support.

Mental Health First Aiders

 

Ideal for: Staff at every level who are suitable.  Length: Two day course

 

Demonstrate your commitment to equality between mental and physical health by training an equal number of Mental Health First Aiders as physical first aiders.

Fully accredited and certified courses

Our trainers are qualified via MHFA England who are accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health. Each course is certified by MHFA England.

Want more information?

You can download our brochure for more information about our mental health first aider qualification course.

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Take simple steps now…

Download our free Take Ten Together tool which will help you start the conversations in your workplace.

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By reducing stigma to mental health through education, along with nurturing the relevant skills, we can positively impact others well-being as well as our own. This will help minimise the impact of mental ill health in the workplace and life.