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Two day course on the following dates from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day

SMHFA Course and Health in Mind

The course is certificated and participants receive the SMHFA manual.

Who should come on the course

Mental Health First Aid is like any other type of first aid and is the help given to a person before appropriate professional help or treatment can be obtained.

The course will benefit anyone with a professional or personal interest in mental health and wellbeing and many business and HR managers have found the course to be a great asset to their own roles and to supporting members of their staff and colleagues.

The aims of the course

The SMHFA course does not set out to teach people to be therapists. However, it does train people to be pro-active.

You will be aware of:
• how to ask about suicide
• how to recognise the signs of mental health problems or distress
• how to provide initial help
• how to guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

The course aims to:
• preserve life
• provide practical help
• promote the recovery of good mental health
• provide comfort to a person experiencing distress
• promote understanding of mental health issues.

The objectives of the course

By the end of the training participants will have considered:
• Attitudes - to understand the role that stigma and discrimination play in mental health
• Recovery - to realise that recovery is possible
• Alcohol and Drugs and how they affect our mental health
• Suicide and how to ask about it
• Listening Skills in a non - judgemental way
• Self-harm- understanding self-harming behaviours
• Depression-what is depression
• Anxiety- understanding various anxiety disorders
• Psychosis- the impact of psychosis.

We recognise that continuing professional development is fundamental to delivering excellent services and achieving better outcomes.

Our trainers

Alan Burnett is the Learning and Development Assistant at Health in Mind. He is also a qualified SMHFA Instructor. He has had lived experience of mental health issues for over 30 years.
Emily Justice is a qualified SMHFA instructor and Russian translator.

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