Sean has now completed his “train the trainer” for Mental Health First Aid England training. The next steps are to deliver x2 First Aid courses submit the feedback to his national training mentor. Then he is able to offer the 2 day first aid course to the wider community.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Mental Health First Aid is a training course initially produced in Australia in 2000.
MHFA England are licenced to provide training to instructors and then provide ongoing support and certification to the trainers and any individuals they train. It is a course designed to increase knowledge and awareness of mental health issues in participants and therefore equip them to recognise mental health issues in others and assist them to take appropriate action. This action can range from offering immediate support and signposting to recognising when someone is a danger to themselves or others and taking the appropriate action.
The MHFA England course is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health and will meet employers’ first aid obligations, it may also assist companies to gain the ISO 15001 accreditation when their first aid and welfare provisions are audited.
There is now an emphasis on mental health provision within the workplace, work related stress, anxiety or depression accounts for over 50% of all working days lost to ill health in the UK (HSE 2018), also the World Health Organisation have now classified “Burn Out” as an occupational phenomenon.
The training of MHFA trained first aiders will assist in the early detection of problems and facilitate early intervention and help to reduce sickness absence levels.