Mental Health First Aid Training Courses
St John Ambulance is working with Mental Health First Aid
England to provide mental health courses which will help raise
awareness of mental illness, enabling people to support themselves
and others to aid recovery. Our courses are designed to reduce
stigma through education and increase the provision of care for
those who have a mental illness.
What courses do we have available?
Adult Mental Health First
Aid 2-Day Course
The 2-day mental health first aid course is for those wanting to
become a certified mental health first aider for their
organisation. Certificate holders will be able to recognise the
signs and symptoms of common mental health illnesses and
effectively guide a colleague towards the right support. It is
recommended an organisation has a similar number of mental health
first aiders to medical first aiders, ideally a different
individual providing further resilience for colleagues in the
Adult Mental Health First Aid
Ideal for line managers, the 1-day mental health first aid course
is for those wanting to gain awareness of mental illness. Enabling
them to understand common mental health illnesses to support their
own mental health and the wellbeing of colleagues.
Adult Mental Health First Aid 1/2
The ½ day mental health first aid course is for those wanting to
become more self-aware about their own mental health and to gain a
basic awareness of mental health illnesses and how to help
themselves and others around them.
What is the impact of mental illness in the workplace?
Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental
illness each year. In 2016, 15.8 million UK work days were lost due
to mental illness.*
The largest causes of sickness absence for our county’s
workforce is depression, stress, and anxiety. Mental illness costs
UK businesses around £35 billion every year, this equates to £10.6
billion lost to sickness absence, £21.2 billion in reduced
productivity, and £3.1 billion in substituting staff members who
vacate their roles due to mental illness.**
What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid teaches managers and staff how to spot
signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, provide
non-judgemental support and reassurance, and guide a person to seek
professional support they may need to recover.
Workplace mental health training has been proven to make a lasting
difference in people’s knowledge and confidence around mental
health. Thanks to the development of mental health first aid
training courses, responsible employers now have an opportunity to
address the key issue of ignorance about mental health in the
workplace. Those that choose to do so are likely to improve the
workplace for staff and have a positive impact on business
How effective are the Mental Health First Aid courses?
Independent research and evaluation shows that taking part in a
Mental Health First Aid course raises awareness of mental
illnesses, encourages early intervention to aid recovery, increases
confidence in dealing with mental illnesses and reduces
Research suggests that improving UK workplace mental health
management could reduce employers’ losses attributed to mental
illness by 30%, collectively saving £8 billion a year.
Why does an employer’s duty of care include staff mental
Employers have a legal duty of care to ensure that employees are
provided with a safe working environment and must take reasonable
care to prevent personal injury (including mental or physical harm)
that may arise in the workplace.
What are the business consequences of ignoring mental health in
Someone with poor mental health may not realise it and even if
they do, they may be reluctant to seek help, or might not know
where to turn for care. In the workplace, there is still a great
deal of ignorance around mental health issues, including
uncertainty about how to recognise mental illness, and uncertainty
about how to react when faced with it. This means that those in
need of mental health help and support do not receive
When left uninformed, managers and co-workers may unwittingly
exhibit stigmatising behaviours, which can be detrimental to a
person experiencing a mental health issue. Furthermore, by failing
to respond appropriately to an employee with a mental health issue,
an organisation may open itself to a claim for compensation. This
could be lengthy, expensive, and take precious time away from
managers and staff.
Who should attend these courses?
Please be aware that these courses focus on employees in the
workplace and cover subjects that some people may find distressing,
including suicide and self-harm. If a delegate feels overwhelmed
they can leave the course at any time.
However, if you feel in advance that this subject may be too
distressing for the delegate please do not book them on without
first asking them whether they would feel comfortable attending. If
the delegate is unsure whether MHFA is right for them, please
encourage them to contact us to discuss
their concerns. For support with your mental health, please contact
Samaritans on 116 123, or NHS 111.
*Office of National Statistics
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