MH3Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves (Kitchener & Jorm, 2002).

There are many reasons why people might want to train in Mental Health First Aid. 

Mental health problems are more MH5common than many people may think, especially depression, anxiety and misuse of alcohol and other drugs. One person in four will experience some form of problem with their mental health in the course of any one year. 

MH4Despite all of the publicity, or perhaps even because of it, there is a stigma associated with mental health problems which may hinder people from seeking help.

People often feel ashamed to discuss mental health problems with family, friends and particularly work colleagues. They may also be reluctant to seek help and support for such problems because of their concerns about what others will think of them.

Most people are not well informed. MHUnderstanding of how to recognise mental health problems and what effective treatments are available is not widespread. With greater community awareness, people will be able to recognise their own and others’ problems and feel more comfortable about seeking assistance. 

MH6Help is not always on hand. GPs, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists can all assist people with mental health problems. However, just as with accidents and medical emergencies, such assistance is not always available when a problem first arises. This is when work colleagues, family members, friends or even  members of the public can offer immediate aid and support the person to get appropriate help. 

People may lack the insight to realise they need help or that help is available. Some mental health problems cloud clear thinking and good decision-making: a person experiencing such problems may not realise that they need help or that effective help is available for them. They may be in a state of distress and not be able to think clearly about what they should do.

Members of the general public often do not know how to respond. In a mental health crisis situation, the helper’s actions may determine how quickly the person with the problem gets help and/or recovers. The Mental Health First Aid approach trains people to be calm and confident and to respond in an appropriate way to give the best help.

We provide taster sessions, 12 hour workshops and tailored training to your requirements. We can deliver training here at our Newland Avenue training room, or at your premises. Please contact us for more information