orkplace mental health first aid training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) has been developed by MHFA England, whose mission is to increase mental health awareness literacy and reduce the stigma associated with mental ill health. MHFA England has allowed Becky Wright, New Leaf’s founder, to deliver Workplace MHFA training. Information about MHFA England and its courses can be found at mhfaengland.org

Workplace MHFA Two Day Course

Workplace Mental Health First Aid is a two day educational course that teaches participants how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. It provides people with the skills and confidence to recognise common signs and symptoms and effectively guide a person towards the right support.

In the same way as we learn physical first aid in the workplace, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health and gives you the skills to take appropriate action … you will become a Mental Health First Aider.

What will you learn

Learning takes place through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions. This is a practical skills and awareness course designed to give you:

  •  A deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect people’s wellbeing, including your own;
  • 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 appropriate support.

How will attending an MHFA course help?

Research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA course:

  • Raises awareness and mental health literacy
  • Reduces stigma around mental ill health
  • Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
  • Promotes early intervention which enables recovery

Due to sensitive subjects within this course, including suicide, we limit numbers to a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 16 people. We want everyone to feel safe and Becky will help if some people find certain areas particularly difficult. Becky stands out from other Mental Health Trainers due to her 25 years of clinical experience of mental health as a Psychotherapist.

You will receive a comprehensive manual that you can take away with you at the end of the course and will gain an attendance certificate from MHFA England to show you are now a Mental Health First Aider. This is an intensive two day course and suitable for those aged 16 years and over.

Become a Mental Health First Aider

Book yourself on one of the following 2 day MHFA Training courses,
or get in touch to organise in-house workplace training.

Some statistics in UK mental health

  • One in four people in the UK will experience at least one diagnosable mental health issue in any one year (Health & Social Care Information Centre, 2009)
  • Suicide is the biggest killer of men aged 20 to 49 (Office for National Statistics, 2015)
  • Mental ill health is responsible for the largest burden of ill health in the UK, representing 28% of the total burden, compared to 16% for cancer and 16% for heart disease (Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer, 2013)
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For many years New Leaf has delivered mental health training to South West businesses, helping employers and their staff feel more confident with mental health issues. MHFA training (above) now supersede all previous courses.

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Increase mental health awareness literacy

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Reduce stigma associated with mental ill health

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Recognise common signs and symptoms

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Guide people towards the right support

With poor mental health now being the number one reason for staff absence in the UK, it’s no great surprise that a national, more formal approach to addressing this huge problem has been introduced. Long-term, the presence of a mental health first aider in every workplace will become a necessary requirement for all businesses and organisations. Individuals from within the business will be trained and equipped in much the same way as is currently done with physical health first aiders. We have little doubt that the benefits businesses will experience as a result of increased staff wellbeing will far out weigh any costs associated with the training of mental health first aiders.

We have many testimonials here is one from the HR Team Manager Liz Woods at Nagel-Group | Nagel Langdons Ltd

“Having worked with Becky over the last 2 years as part of our Mindful Employer membership and her company providing counselling services to our staff following traumatic incidents, she was the natural choice to deliver our Mental Health Awareness training programme.  Becky has always been flexible and responsive to our requirements and seeks to fully understand the challenges of our industry to ensure the training is topical and engaging for our audience.  It is obviously a new and very challenging area for many of our staff, who have historically not been encouraged to open up about their feelings and to look after their emotional and mental wellbeing.  We seek to be an employer of choice by fully supporting our staff in their roles and Becky has received such positive feedback from our delegates who have been able to attend her training sessions which has been so positive to hear.

We are committed to building on what we have done so far and by strong partnership working with Becky, we have full confidence that we will be able to promote the right culture in which our people feel able to ask for help and take the right course of action even when they are struggling.”

For more information or to discuss your particular requirement call or text New Leaf today on 07590 684888 or email Becky Wright directly on [email protected]

Other Workplace Wellbeing services from New Leaf

employee counselling
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