Mental Health First Aid

"Each year approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health condition"


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At least 1 in 6 employees experience common mental health problems in the workplace. Research has shown that work is the biggest cause of stress which can stop people performing at their best.

Mental health conditions are often hidden due to stigma and fear of discrimination and research has shown that a culture of fear and silence around mental health is costly to employers. The HSE guidance 'First aid needs assessment’ refers to mental health in the workplace.

On the course you will learn to recognise a range of mental health conditions, how to start a supportive conversation and when and how to signpost a person to seek appropriate professional help. You will know how to recognise and manage stress and understand the impact of substance abuse.

You will learn about the first aid action plan for mental health, be able to put it in place and know how to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace.

You will not diagnose or treat mental health conditions as this can only be carried out by healthcare professionals but will gain the knowledge to identify when a person may have a condition and know where they can go to get help.

HSE - Mental ill health and first aid guidance

The HSE has published updated guidance for employers in respect of First Aid Needs Assessment and in particular, 'Mental ill health and first aid'.

"You should consider ways to manage mental ill health in your workplace which are appropriate for your business, such as providing information or training for managers and employees, employing occupational health professionals, appointing mental health trained first aiders and implementing employee support programmes".

You can read the full HSE Guidance release here:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/needs-assessment.htm

We all have a duty of care to our staff, and we always look after their first aid needs. Looking after their Mental Health First Aid is the natural next step.

Alan Scott Training Services offer a suite of courses accredited through NUCO or non-accredited courses. 

We are one of the first training providers in the region to be able to offer the accredited suite of courses.

Level 1 Award in Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health

This ½-Day course is aimed at providing learners with the knowledge to identify suspected mental health conditions and the skills to start a conversation and be able to signpost the person towards professional help.

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Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health

This 1-Day course covers the content of the Level 1 course but also expands on the effects of drugs and alcohol, incorporates the First Aid for Mental Health Action Plan and covers ways in which a positive mental health culture can be supported within a workplace.

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Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health

This 2-Day course goes into detail on a wide range of mental health conditions and the support and help provided by healthcare professionals. It covers the content of both the Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications but is aimed at Trainer/Assessors and/or supervisor level within the workplace.

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