We all have mental health, just like we all have physical health. Poor mental health can strike at any time and can affect people from all walks of life.

Although things are improving, stigma still exists around mental health. As a society, we don't tend to know how to take care of our mental health like we do our physical health. This means not many people know how to support a friend, family member or colleague experiencing a mental health issue, or where to go for support for their own mental health. 

In 2000 the Mental Health First Aid England programme was created in Australia, by Betty Kitchener, an educator and mental health consumer, in partnership with Professor Tony Jorm, a mental health researcher. By 2006 England adopted this training and has gradually spread to many other countries across the globe. 

The course won’t teach you to become a therapist but just like physical first aid, it will teach you the skills to listen, reassure and respond, even in times of crisis.

Learning takes place currently via an online platform with a variety of group activities presentations and discussions.  It is hoped that once it is safe to do so face to face training will return to the classroom.

Learn about MHFA England’s vision and mission by watching the You Tube clip 

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With suicide rates continuing to rise in the UK and the pandemic taking its toll on the mental health of the nation, it is more important than ever that people are equipped with the skills and knowledge to prevent suicides and save lives.

Suicide First Aid: Understanding Suicide Intervention

Course overview: 

Teaching the theory and practise of suicide intervention skills that can be applied in any professional or personal setting, captured in a one-day event accredited by City and Guilds of London. We use only the most experienced suicide prevention trainers to deliver this unique learning experience: for anyone who seeks greater understanding and confidence to intervene with people at risk of suicide.

The Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Intervention (SFAUSI) course gives learners the knowledge and tools to understand that suicide is one of the most preventable deaths and some basic skills can help someone with thoughts of suicide stay safe from their thoughts and stay alive.

Course content:

SFAUSI is comprised of 4 parts, each 90 minutes duration. The programme teaches and practices the skills and knowledge needed to identify someone who may be thinking about suicide and competently intervene to help create suicide- safety as a first aid approach.

Suicide First Aid Lite

Course overview:

Teaching the theory and practise of suicide intervention skills that can be applied in any professional or personal setting, this programme is delivered over 3 hours as a suicide prevention awareness session. We use only the most experienced suicide prevention trainers to deliver this unique learning experience: for anyone who seeks greater understanding and confidence to intervene with people at risk of suicide.

The Suicide First Aid Lite (Virtual) course gives learners the knowledge and tools to understand that suicide is one of the most preventable deaths and some basic skills can help someone with thoughts of suicide stay safe from their thoughts and stay alive.

Course content:

SFA Lite is comprised of 2 parts, each 90 minutes duration. The programme teaches the skills needed to identify someone who may be thinking about suicide and to pass the person onto a suicide first aider

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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Why become a MHFAider®? (see flyer)

By training with us you will gain: 

  • A deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect people's wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • The confidence to step in and support someone to recover their health by guiding them to appropriate support
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening 
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support- whether thats self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS or a mix

Mental Health Aware 

This course raises awareness of mental health. It covers:

  • What mental health is and how to challenge stigma
  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing
  • Confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue

MHFA Refresher 

If you are a MHFAider® you have skills for life to support yourself and the people around you. Just like physical first aid, MHFA training should be kept up to date.

The four hour MHFA Refresher course will:

  • Keep your awareness of mental health supports current
  • Update your knowledge of mental health and what influences it
  • Practice applying the MHFA action plan

SFA Lite 

Tutor-led delivery during a half day course for up to 20 learners teaching the theory and practise of suicide intervention skills. This stand-alone training session, or as the first part of a journey to learn suicide prevention skills, offers the learning outcomes that are knowledge based and factual.

SFA: Understanding Suicide Interventions

Tutor-led delivery over the course of a full day for up to 16 learners.  This is the next step for people wanting a more in-depth practice-based approach to learning.  This is a highly interactive and emotionally engaging learning experience.

Training is easy to grasp for people of all skill levels and those with no prior knowledge of the subject. 

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The last few years have been challenging for everyone in the community, workplace, leaders, employees and those supporting us to be the best we can be while at work, home and with those we love.

Undertaking the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England training you will access the very best evidence-based MHFA course available.

With the new offer, MHFA training doesn't stop when the course comes to an end, MHFAiders® receive continuous support well beyond their initial certification so they are confident, empowered and motivated to carry out their role. Click here to see flyer

Individual places can be booked onto one of our open courses (see the table below for future dates) or if preferred arrangements can be made for a closed group for your business/organisation by emailing bchft.mhfaenquiries@nhs.net

MHFA Refresher

delivered online

9.30 - 1.30pm

Tuesday 10th January 2023
MHFA

delivered online

9.30 - 1.30pm

delivery across 4 half days

Wednesday 22nd February

Thursday 23rd February

Wednesday 1st March

Thursday 2nd March

     

 

K.Skelding, Occupational Therapist Wolverhampton Council

This training exceeded my expectations as it made me think about my own mental health more. I was hoping to gain more confidence in supporting others with poor mental health from a work perspective but from the training I am thinking about the bigger picture which includes my well-being. Mental Health Aware


M.Toor, Administrator at Wolverhampton Healthy Minds

I have enjoyed the Mental health training course. I have learnt so much regarding the tool kit, stigmas etc. I have gained a more knowledge on recognising the different signs of Mental Health. Mental Health Aware


L.Storer, Company Buyer Nuneaton Signs

I thought attending the course would be completely out of my comfort zone & I would struggle to complete the two days, however within a few minutes of being there both instructors put my mind at ease. Talking about mental health & feelings does not come easy to me but we had such a lovely group it made it very easy to relax and be more open. I have taken away a huge amount from the course & feel confident to apply what I’ve learnt if it is needed in the workplace or other situations.  Mental Health Aware


K.Curphey, Paramedic West Midlands Ambulance Service

I found the training really informative and well delivered.  It has given me more confidence in dealing with mental health illness both at work and within my family/friends network.  The manual is also really good with lots of information in it, I’m still reading through it, thank you. Mental Health First Aid


Paramedic West Midlands Ambulance Service

Very informative and well lead course, subjects were covered fully and further discussion was supported and encouraged.  Probably the most useful and informative course I have attended for sometime, coupled with the SFA course attended a couple weeks ago I feel more confident to support others and look at my own well being in more detail.  Keep up the great work both.  Mental Health First Aid

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S.McGrory, Secure Bank Trust

The training was a really good reminder of the tools which assist when dealing with situations.  I found the training to be interactive and a good balance of checking understanding along with the trainers supporting with additional explanations. 

I will continue to support colleagues and friends and family using the knowledge I've gain, and should I ever find myself in situation outside of the work or family / friends where someone is in need of support especially life threatening I feel confident I can have the open conversations to hopefully help that person and remove the treat at that specific time. Refresher


E.Williams, Headteacher Pennyhill Primary School

This was a really valuable piece of training. It provides a clear framework which you can use to support and signpost others. The training manual is well developed so it provides a useful resource which you can keep referring to after the course.  A good list of agencies to signpost people to. Back in school now and I have already used the framework and the handbook for signposting. Youth Mental Health First Aid