“There is no health without mental health”. “Good mental health and resilience are fundamental to our physical health, our relationships, our education, our training, our work and to achieving our potential.” (UK Government 2011).
Key to dealing with any issue is to understand it. 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 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.
The MHFA course is delivered over 2 days but if people just require an awareness of mental health issues then a half day Mental Health Aware course is available or more in depth understanding through a one day MHFA Champion course.