Adult Mental Health First Aid – July

Mental illness is the second-largest source of burden of disease in England. Mental illnesses are more common, long-lasting and impactful than other health conditions. But approximately only 1 in 8 adults with a mental health problem are currently getting any kind of treatment. In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic has created a very real mental health emergency. Now more than ever, there is a need to be as prepared as possible to recognise and assist clients with symptoms who are suffering and need support.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. MHFA England training won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis. Adult MHFA England courses are for everyone aged 16 upwards and every course is delivered by a quality assured Instructor Member who has attended an MHFA England Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, and is trained to keep people safe and supported while they learn.

This online course is delivered by James Chapman, an accredited Instructor Member, approved by MHFA England to deliver Adult MHFA courses.

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Course Description

Become a Mental Health First Aider with this practical skills and awareness course designed to help you:

  • Develop practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Gain confidence to reassure and support a person in distress
  • Learn how to guide them to further support for recovery

Learning takes place through four live training sessions, spread across two weeks, with self-learning activities in between.

This online mental health first aid course gives you:

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect the 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, or a mix
  • The course will be tailored toward offering support to students and clients in a yoga and yoga therapy context
  • And qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider.

Course Format

This is an online course delivered through the MHFA England Online Learning Hub. Learning takes place through four live training sessions, spread across two weeks, with self-learning activities in between. Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan. A priority is keeping people safe and supported while they learn, which is why numbers are limited to 16 people per course.

**This course is not recorded and attendance at all live sessions is essential for certification**

Course Structure

Session One:

Individual Learning

  • Introduction to the Online Mental Health First Aid course and the Online Learning Hub
  • Why Mental Health First Aid?
  • The Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • What is mental health?
  • Quiz: Impact of mental health
  • Stress Container (completed after live session)
  • Frame of Reference (completed after live session)

Live Session

  • Introduction to course functions
  • Introduction to the course
  • ALGEE and mental health introduction recap
  • Stigma
  • Risk and protective factors
  • Frame of Reference
  • The Mental Health Continuum
  • Introduction to the Stress Container

Session Two:

Individual Learning

  • What is depression?
  • Risk factors for depression
  • Mental Health First Aid for depression
  • Introduction to suicide

Live Session

  • 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
  • Explain non-judgemental listening
  • Empathy video
  • Practice using ALGEE in case study scenarios
  • Review of ALGEE for suicide and depression
  • Self-care

Session Three:

Individual Learning

  • What is anxiety?
  • Mental Health First Aid for anxiety
  • What are eating disorders?
  • Mental Health First Aid for eating disorders
  • What is self-harm?
  • Mental Health First Aid for self-harm
  • What are personality disorders?

Live Session

  • 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
  • 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

Session Four:

Individual Learning

  • What are psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?
  • Risk factors for psychosis
  • Mental Health First Aid for psychosis
  • Helpful and unhelpful responses
  • My action plan for using Mental Health First Aid (completed after live session)

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
  • Recovery
  • Explore how to build a mentally healthy workplace
  • Start action plan to use Mental Health First Aid
  • Feedback

Also included

  • 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

Eligibility

This course is only open to students with a valid UK address, this is a requirement specified by Mental Health First Aid England for certification.

Hours

10 contact hours and 5 to 7 hours of home learning in between sessions.

**This course is not recorded and attendance at all live sessions is essential for certification**

Concessions

There are two concessionary places available on this course, for students in financial need, who are able to demonstrate how they will use the training for the good of their community. The deadline for applications is 12 June 2021.

We particularly welcome applications from the BAME community.

Please click here to fill in and submit a concessionary application to be considered.

Certification

On completion of this course you will receive a certificate of attendance from MHFA England to say you are a Mental Health First Aider.

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Meet the Teacher

James is an accredited Instructor Member, approved by MHFA England to deliver Adult MHFA courses.

After many years working in IT at a busy law firm, James was suffering from stress, burnout and a bad back. Consequently, he left his job and trained in yoga and structural bodywork.

As well as being an MHFA instructor, he is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist with over 16 years experience, specialising in mental health and addiction. He has worked with some of the leading mental health charities, rehab clinics and the NHS. James is also a faculty member on the Yoga Therapy Diploma with Yogacampus, lecturing on Race, Ethnicity & Yoga.

James has experienced the mental health system, both as a service user and service provider. Despite having training in psychotherapy, James learnt so much from his first MHFA training that he decided to become a MHFA trainer. His work is informed by the firm belief that every adult should have these skills and knowledge to not only support others, but themselves as well.

https://allaboutthemind.com/

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