Mental Health First Aid Training

The benefits of having a Mental Health First Aider

Mental Health First Aid TrainingWith a fully qualified designated Mental Health First Aider in place your business will be ideally positioned to promote mental health awareness at work. With the proper mental health training that our workshops and programs can offer, your team of Mental Health First Aiders will be able to spot colleagues who are facing mental health problems, and intervene to prevent them from escalating further.

This allows you not only to keep a healthy workplace environment, but to  support individuals before they are forced to take time off, saving financial costs and human potential.

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Mental Health At Work Training

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  • "Sharon was excellent, very knowledgeable and professional throughout the MHFA programme. The customer service and overall communication from Joyful Living was also first-rate. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this programme."

    Helen Holde - HR Manager - Scotland Excel

Frequently Asked Questions

Please find below some of our frequently asked questions about our Mental Health First Aid Training – you can find even more FAQs in our full FAQs section.

  • Q. What is mental health first aid course?

    A mental health first aid course is a training designed to help participants learn about mental health issues and equip them with the skills to support others experiencing crises or ongoing mental ill-health. It suits individuals who want to undergo the training, but it’s especially used by companies who want to train some of their employees as mental first aiders to be able to assist their colleagues in need. In this way companies guarantee mental health support for their employees, following health and safety at work and government guidelines on mental health in the workplace.

  • Q. Who is it for?

    The MFHA training Joyful Living provides is specifically for companies, with a minimum of 4 participants per company.

    The course is for any member of staff selected to become Mental Health First Aiders within the company, regardless of whether they are team members or management.

    Everyone can benefit from Workplace Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA)! Our courses are created so that you don’t need any prior understanding of mental health, much like a first aid course doesn’t require any prior medical expertise.

    We would suggest MHFA training to everyone, just as having a basic understanding of physical first aid is a good thing.

  • Q. Does Mental Health First Aid training work?

    We think that MHFA training is an important component of a well-integrated mental health care system. Each of our courses is based on research and produced by mental health specialists in collaboration with people who have lived with mental illness.

    The usefulness of MHFA training in England and around the world has been repeatedly established via research and evaluation. In our case studies, you may also learn about the impact of our training on a variety of organisations.

  • Q. How to become a mental health first aider?

    A Mental Health First Aid Training course is required to become a Mental Health First Aider. This course will teach employees how to recognise warning signs of mental illness and how to help co-workers in need both during crises and after they have recovered. This course will help you:

    • Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness.
    • Initially assist people who are in need.
    • A guide to getting the right expert aid.
    • Learn to take care of your own mental health.
  • Q. Why It's Important

    In the last years Mental Health has come to the attention of the public as a decisive factor in human wellbeing and this has been highlighted especially in the workplace, where the cost of ill mental health affects businesses in terms of human costs and financially in terms of productivity. Mental Health today is finally recognised as important as physical health and at government level companies have been urged to put in place measures to create a supportive culture for employee mental health, putting it at the centre of their policies.

  • Q. What Are the Benefits

    Mental health awareness is key for employees experiencing mental ill health to be able to recognise their symptoms and acquire the resources to either self-care or find external support. These can range from lack of resources to manage stress, to personal issues outside work, to conditions like depression or addictions.

    In fact, lack of awareness or stigma around the issue, mean that employees going through mental health crises might not look for help and continue working through them, with high impact on their health, productivity at work and absence rates. At the same time managers who are not aware of mental health conditions would not be able to recognise individuals who are experiencing issues and adequately support them. Promoting wellbeing workshops such as Mental Health awareness in employees and managers would offer practical advice for employees to find the necessary support when in need and for managers to manage their team, helping individuals when they need it and supporting them in going back to work.

  • Q. How Does it Work

    The mental health awareness workshops for managers and employees are one hour long and cover the topics to give a foundation of what mental health is, equipping participants with effective practical techniques to foster greater mental health at work. They can be delivered onsite or online depending on the company’s needs. They can be combined with longer programmes, like the MHFA First Aid Training, designed to train Mental Health First Aiders within the company as a point of contact for individuals in need. The MHFA First Aider would explain in depth various mental health conditions and provide first aiders with the skills to recognise, self-help or signpost to external services.

  • Q. How Long Does It Go On For

    The mental health awareness workshops are one-offs, but since mental health is a broad topic, companies can host other workshops on the various aspects of work mental health, like Joyful Living’s Stress Management, Resilience, Sleep Health and the Psychology series of workshops, which include Dealing with Depression, Bereavement, Quietening the Inner Critic, Building Confidence and Self-Esteem, Tackling addictive behaviour and Anger Management, among others.

  • Q. How Many Employees At A Time

    The mental health awareness workshops for managers and employees have a capacity of 40 participants if delivered on-site. This to guarantee the quality of the learning and better interaction. For online webinars, the number of participants is 100 or more, depending on the video software used by the client.

If you need additional information, please contact us, one of our consultants will be happy to answer any questions you might have.


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