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For more details on this please contact Anna Letts on Anna.Letts@ntfc.co.uk or call us on 01604 683726.

Mental Health First Aid Course

Developed by MHFA England, this two-day course qualifies delegates as mental health first aiders. Participants will gain a deep understanding of what mental health is and what factors can affect wellbeing. The course teaches delegates practical skills to spot the signs of mental illness and gives them the confidence to step in and support a person who needs assistance. The course aims to provide understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma.

 Anyone can attend, from teachers and public sector workers to private businesses. The course covers many areas of mental health including anxiety, depression, stress, suicide, self-harm, eating disorders and personality disorders. NTFC, community trust and education staff will be participating in the training. The idea is to raise awareness of mental health generally as well as in the workplace.

 MHFA doesn’t teach people to be therapists, but will teach listening skills, how to reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening. Participants learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.

Delegates also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.