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Mental Health First is is suitable for management, supervisors, team leaders, gateway staff, healthcare staff, frontline staff and in general for those who want to support someone experiencing a crisis and or a mental health problem or illness.
Mental Health First Aid is a global movement, the first of its kind to be translated across cultures and languages in 22 countries. At the heart of it, MHFA seeks to improve and increase mental health awareness across society and provide the skills necessary to have a non-judgmental conversation and encourage support – in doing so it aims to be exactly one of the many ways we can foster a mental health friendly society and work environment.
You will learn how to:
• Provide information, tools and techniques to promote a person's mental and emotional wellbeing, including your own
• Support a person who might be experiencing mental and emotional distress including those in suicidal crisis.
Mental Health First Aid is a training program that teaches you how to help a person developing a mental health problem (including a substance use problem), experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.
The MHFA course takes place over 2 full days.
The sessions will be a mix of presentation, group discussions and group work activities. Our trainers provide a very safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course.
Due to some of the sensitive subjects of our courses, including suicide, we limit numbers to 20 people.
We want everyone to feel safe and our instructors can help if people find some bits particularly difficult.
You'll receive a MHFA manual and information pack that you can take away with you at the end of the course and also a certificate from Mental Health First Aid and Public Health Agency Northern Ireland to say you are now a certified Mental Health First Aider.
- The MHFA course covers the following:
- What is mental health? Mental Health Continuum
- Suicide, harm, self-harm and harm to others
- Substance misuse disorders
- Other related factors
In each section you'll learn how to:
- Spot the early signs of a mental health problem
- Feel confident helping a person experiencing a problem
- Provide help on a first aid basis
- Help protect a person who might be at risk of harm including suicide intervention
- Help prevent a mental health illness from getting worse
- Help a person recover faster
- Guide a person towards the right support
- Reduce the stigma of mental health problems
- Our funding restrictions are such that this training is only available to those who work/volunteer for a voluntary, charitable, faith or community-based organisation. Please ensure you meet this criteria before applying.
- Lunch will not be provided. You can bring your own lunch or order from Cafe Rojo (beside CiNI)
- While this is a free training event, if you cannot attend and do not provide notice of at least 2 working days your organisation will be charged a cancellation fee of £20 per trainee.
- Please bring your ticket with you on the day, either printed out, or on your phone/tablet.
- Registration is at 9.15 for a 9.30 course start.