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Mental Health First Aid

Course Date

Start: 29th June 2019 @ 09:00am
End: 30th June 2019 @ 17:00pm

Course Location

AECC University College
13-15 Parkwood Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, England


Course Description

Numbers are limited to 16 so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.  Please note that full attendance on both days is required for certification. Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan. You will receive a MHFA manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it and when you have successfully completed the two days, then you will be provided with a certificate to say, you are a Mental Health First Aider.

MHFA Two Day course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider. Mental Health First Aiders gain; – 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.

Session 1

  • Why Mental Health First Aid?
  • The Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • What is mental health?
  • Impact of mental health issues
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • What is depression?
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Risk factors for depression
  • Depression in the workplace

Session 2

  • Suicide figures
  • Alcohol, drugs and mental health
  • First aid for suicidal crisis
  • Non-judgmental listening skills
  • First aid for depression
  • Treatment and resources for depression
  • Self-care

Session 3

  • What is an anxiety disorder?
  • First aid for anxiety disorders
  • Crisis first aid after a traumatic event
  • Alcohol, drugs and anxiety disorders
  • Treatment and resources for anxiety disorders
  • Cognitive distortions and CBT
  • Personality disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harm

Session 4

  • What is psychosis?
  • Risk factors for psychosis
  • Alcohol, drugs and psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Warning signs of developing psychosis
  • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis
  • Treatment and resources for psychosis
  • Recovery and building resources
  • Action planning for using MHFA


Course Credits


Course Contact Name

Carleen Coombes

Course Contact Email