MHFA – Mental Health First Aid

MHFA is International with a robust evidence base. MHFA is an international initiative currently being delivered in 16 countries. For more information about the MHFA England organisation, research and evaluations, personal testimonies and more speak to one of our instructors or visit the official MHFA website:

What is a mental health problem?

Mental health Problems cover a wide range of issues – including stress, anxiety depression and substance abuse – that affect someone’s ability to get on with their daily life. The most common mental disorder in Britain is mixed anxiety and depression, with almost 9% of people meeting the criteria for diagnosis*.

*Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report (2001)

Why Mental health problems affect us all

Early intervention can help slow down or stop a mental health problem and lead to faster recovery. However most of us know little about mental health. We often don’t spot the signs that someone else – or ourselves – is struggling until very late.

A MHFA course will teach you to recognise the early signs of a mental health problem, and give you the confidence and knowledge to help.

The financial cost of mental health problems is huge:

The overall cost of mental health problems in England stands at £105.2 billion a year, (taking into account care costs, sickness absence and unemployment).*

Stress, anxiety and depression are responsible for 70 million days sick leave every year.*

In 2003 research by the Sainsbury’s Centre for Mental Health showed that staff with mental illness not being supported cost UK businesses a total of £26bn per year – equivalent to £1,035 for every employee in the UK workforce.

For 2009/10 updated figures estimate that the cost to UK businesses is now £30.3 billion a year – equivalent to £1206 per employee.

* The Centre for Mental Health (2010)

What will I learn on an MHFA course?

An MHFA course will teach you to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health problem
  • Feel confident helping someone experiencing a problem
  • Provide help on a first aid basis
  • Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
  • Help stop a mental illness from getting worse
  • Help someone recover faster
  • Guide someone towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems

MHFA training is an intensive course, usually delivered over 2 days, aimed at those without specialist mental health training.

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