Becoming a Mental Health First Aider

Online Adult Mental Health First Aid – 2 day course

What is different about the online Mental Health First Aid Course

The online Mental Health First Aid Course is run over four separate sessions and is a mixture self-study and live sessions. All live and self-study sessions need to be completed to become a Mental Health First Aider.

Benefits of the online 2 day course

Delegates will be qualified as a Mental Health First Aider, giving you:

  • Qualification as a Mental Health First Aider
  • 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 and value of course

Mental Health First Aid England value this course at £300 per person. Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A certificate 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

Format

  • This is an online course delivered through the MHFA England Online Learning Hub and other appropriate video conferencing software
  • Learning takes place through four live training sessions 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

Course Structure

• 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)

• 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

• Activity 7: What is depression?
• Activity 8: Risk factors for depression
• Activity 9: Mental Health First Aid for depression
• Activity 10: Introduction to suicide

• 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

• 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?

• Recap of individual learning on 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
• 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

• 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)

• 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

Assessment

There is no formal assessment for this adult Mental Health First Aid course, but delegates must complete all sections of the course.

Certification

On completion of the course, delegates will receive a Mental Health First Aider certificate. Mental Health First Aid England issue the certificates and delegates can expect to receive their certificate one month after attending the course.

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