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
  • Gemma has over 20 years’ experience working in the field of mental health. She has been working for Charlie Waller Memorial Trust for 3 years as Schools and Workplace Trainer. Gemma delivers training on a national basis delivering Adult MHFA, Line Manager Training and One day Mental Health Awareness Training in the Workplace. She also delivers training in Schools, Colleges and Universities. 

    Alongside her work with CWMT she is also a Senior Clinical Associate Trainer for beat, National Eating Disorder Charity. Gemma currently is involved in beats delivery of Hidden in Plain Sight, University Training in Eating Disorders and Spotting the Signs, Schools Training.

    Gemma is a freelance MHFA Instructor. Gemma has been delivering the MHFA training for 3 years.

    Gemma worked at the University of Huddersfield for 5½ years as a Mental Health Advisor supporting students with mental health difficulties. Gemma also set up a number of peer support groups including an Eating Disorder Support Group. Gemma continues to deliver training at the university including MHFA Adult course, Eating Disorder Awareness training and bespoke training sessions; including workplace sessions. 

    Prior to working in education she worked in the NHS within specialist eating disorder services as a Clinical Team Manager. She worked in the NHS for 16 years.

    Gemma Fieldsend
    Schools and Workplace Trainer

    Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

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