Mental health first aid

  • Mental health first aid

  • Course content:

    Mental Health First Aid is the help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before professional help is obtained.

    Mental Health First Aid does not teach people to be therapists.

    However it does teach people to:

    • Recognise the symptoms of mental health problems

    • Provide initial help

    • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help

    Mental health awareness training supports participants to:

    • Develop an understanding of what good mental health is

    • Look at the effect of stress on our mental health

    • Recognise signs and symptoms at work

    • Explore what works in terms of treatment and support, including self help materials

    • Finish by reviewing how we can promote mental well being in the workplace.

    1. Why mental health first aid?
    2. Common mental health problems
    3. Attitudes and anti-stigma campaign
    4. The five steps of mental health first aid
    5. What is depression?
    6. Symptoms of depression
    7. Alcohol, drugs and depression
    8. Risk factors for depression 
    1. Suicide in England
    2. Crisis first aid for suicidal behaviour
    3. Crisis first aid for overdose
    4. First aid for depression
    5. Treatment and resources for depression
    1. What are anxiety disorders (PTSD, GAD, social phobia, panic disorder, agoraphobia, OCD)?
    2. Symptoms of anxiety disorders
    3. Alcohol, drugs and anxiety disorders
    4. Crisis first aid for panic attacks
    5. Crisis first aid for acute stress reaction
    6. Treatment and resources for anxiety disorders 
    1. What are psychotic disorders (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder)?
    2. Symptoms of psychotic disorders
    3. Risk factors for psychosis
    4. Crisis first aid for acute psychosis
    5. Treatment and resources for psychosis
    6. Mental health legislation
    7. Other expressions of distress, including self-harm
    8. Action planning for using MHFA