Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

What is It?  - It's First Aid - but not for physical health. This is a course to equip you with the skills to help  if you come across anyone in emotional or mental distress. You are more likely to come across someone needing mental health first aid than you are having a heart attack - and yet workplaces and community groups routinely only have physical first aid available. This needs to change and we are part of that change - delivering MHFA training for Adults.

Why do the training? - People come on the courses for a variety of reasons - they work with vulnerable groups who may be more likely to exhibit emotional or mental distress. Or they may be a line manger who wants to do the best for his staff by finding out how to support someone at work who may become distressed. Or their work is customer facing and they need the skills in case they are required - just as a physical first aider is prepared to intervene if and when needed.

Some interesting research by MHFA England found that 80% of delegates have managed their own mental health better since attending the training - this is a hugely beneficial "side effect".

    Mental health in the workplace
  • At any one time one worker in six will be experiencing depression, anxiety or issues relating to stress
  • The total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2014/15 was 440,000
  • In 2013, mental ill health cost the UK economy £70 billion
  • The total cost to employers of mental health issues among their staff is estimated at nearly £26 billion each year. That is equivalent to £1,035 for every employee in the UK workforce
  • 15.2 million days of sickness absence across the UK in 2013 were caused by stress, anxiety or depression
  • The total cost of sickness absence due to mental ill health to employers is estimated at nearly £8.4 billion each year. That is equivalent to £335 for every employee in the UK workforce
  • 76% of line managers believe they are responsible for employee wellbeing, but only 22% have received training
For sources see MHFA England

Mental Health First Aid Training is a full 2 day training course
​Each participant receives a comprehensive manual for future reference and a certificate.
      Reasons why MHFA is needed
  • Mental health issues are common
  • As a society we discriminate against people with mental ill health
  • We are not well informed about mental health or mental ill health
  • People may sometimes lack the insight to realise that they need help or that help is available
  • Professional help is not always on hand
  • The majority of us don’t know how to respond
  • Stigma still exists and is holding people back from getting help with their mental health condition. 
  • Over 6,100 people every year end their lives by suicide in the UK. Having people in all areas of our communities trained to help spot the early signs of possible illness and supporting the person to get help - (along with all the other skills you will learn),  can help to reduce this.

Open MHFA Courses

Book these courses now.

                                                Bookable via Eventbrite

2 Day MHFA - Thursday 19th & 26th April Bradbury Centre, Wokingham  £200 

As you will see our charges are lower than the recommended prices - this is because we are a Social Enterprise aimed at making a difference in the communites we work in and making our services as accessible as possible.

Dates not suitable? - contact us and we will let you know when further dates are added.

Prefer to have the training delivered to your organisation? We can arrange for this and can travel to your venue. As long as you have a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 16 (25 for the half day) people to attend we can accommodate you.  This is a commonly requested way of delivering and the training can be customised to your needs. We will be happy to discuss this with you so please get in touch

2 Days intensive training too much?

There is no doubt that the 2 Day MHFA course is the Gold Standard.
But - You might feel that the full 2 day MHFA training course is not necessary for everyone in your organisation. 
We recognise this, so offer a half day "Awareness" course - suitable for everyone, as well as a One Day "Champion" course which all managers should attend to learn more than the basics in the Awareness course.

Those who want to be "First Aiders", more senior managers and people who work directly with vulnerable people can attend the full two day course.

​We can discuss with you and tailor make a training schedule that fits with your needs

Contact us now to arrange this brilliant training in house for your team. Or book on one of our  OPEN courses above.​

For more information on the benefits of MHFA training please download this PDF
MHFA Workplace Brochure - UYW.pdf