Mental Health First Aid - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the impact of poor mental health in the workplace?
  2. How effective are the Mental Health First Aid courses?
  3. Why become a Mental Health First Aid First Aider?
  4. Why become a Mental Health First Aid Champion?
  5. Why choose St John Ambulance?
  6. How much do the Mental Health First Aid courses cost?
  7. Are there any legal requirements to have mental health first aiders in the workplace?
  8. Do I need prior knowledge of mental health to attend the two-day course?
  9. What resources will I receive on the courses?
  10. What happens if I lose my MHFA manual?
  11. Who issues the certification and when can I expect to receive it?
  12. What happens if I lose or require a replacement certificate?
  13. How long are the certificates valid for, will I need to take a refresher?
  14. Is there an age restriction on who can take the course?

 

1. What is the impact of poor mental health 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.**

2. How effective are the Mental Health First Aid courses?

Independent research and evaluation shows that taking part in a MHFA course raises awareness of mental illnesses, encourages early intervention to aid recovery, increases confidence in dealing with mental illnesses and reduces stigma.**

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.***

3. Why become a Mental Health First Aid First Aider?

Becoming a Mental Health First Aid First Aider improves and increases mental health awareness across society and gives delegates the skills necessary to have a non-judgmental conversation, recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues and effectively guide a person towards the right mental health support.

Delegates will also gain an in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing, as well as practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental illness, and the confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress.

Becoming a Mental Health First Aider also enhances your interpersonal skills, such as non-judgemental listening, and will equip you with the knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support - whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix.

4. Why become a Mental Health First Aid Champion?

Becoming a Mental Health First Aid Champion will give delegates a greater awareness of mental health, allowing them to detect early symptoms of common mental illnesses and the skills to support their own and others’ positive wellbeing.

Delegates will also gain an understanding of common mental health issues and the knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness. Becoming a Mental Health First Aid Champion will allow delegates to spot the signs of ill mental health and equip them with the skills to support positive wellbeing.

5. Why choose St John Ambulance?

We are the nation’s largest first aid training provider, delivering quality training courses that enable thousands of people to save lives. We’re using our extensive training experience in collaboration with Mental Health First Aid England to deliver internationally recognised mental health first aid courses to improve society’s ability to support mental illness.

6. How much do the Mental Health First Aid courses cost?

  • MHFA First Aider Two Day Course - £300 per person
  • MHFA First Aid Champion One Day Course - £200 per person

7. Are there any legal requirements to have mental health first aiders in the workplace?

Currently there are no legal requirements to have designated mental health first aiders in the workplace. However, employers have a legal duty 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.

8. Do I need prior knowledge of mental health to attend the two-day course?

No, prior knowledge is not required, but an interest in the subject is strongly advisable.

9. What resources will I receive on the courses?

All delegates receive a MHFA manual, workbook, and line managers' resource.

10. What happens if I lose my MHFA manual?

We can provide a replacement manual, but there will be a charge associated with this.

11. Who issues the certification and when can I expect to receive it?

Mental Health First Aid England issue the certificates and delegates can expect to receive their certificate one month after attending the course.

12. What happens if I lose or require a replacement certificate?

Delegates can request a replacement certificate by contacting MHFA England directly on info@mhfaengland.org

13. How long are the certificates valid for, will I need to take a refresher?

Currently there is no need to take a refresher course. We will update you if/when this changes.

14. Is there an age restriction on who can take the course?

Delegates must be 16 or older to attend the course.

 

*Office for National Statistics
**MHFA England
***Centre for Mental Health

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