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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.
MHFA won't teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis.
Refreshed and updated for 2018, Armed Forces MHFA Two Day has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the whole armed forces community, including serving and ex-serving personnel, their family and friends, and people who work with or support them.
Each MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor who has attended our seven day instructor training program.
Training is delivered over two days in four manageable chunks:
What is mental health?
Suicide and depression
Anxiety and post-traumatic
Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around an MHFA action plan. Everyone who attends the course gets a manual to keep and a certificate to say they are an Armed Forces Mental Health First Aider.
Armed Forces Mental Health First Aiders have:
- An in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that affect wellbeing for the armed forces community
- Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
- Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
- Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
- Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support - whether self-help resources, through the MOD, NHS, or support charities
Independent research and evaluation shows that taking part in an Armed Forces MHFA course:
- Raises awareness and mental health literacy
- Reduces stigma around mental ill health
- Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
- Encourages people to start a conversation with a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue
- Promotes early intervention which enables recovery
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