Southwest now offers a wide range of mental health first aid training including mental health first aid in the workplace course to support organisations. Our training is delivered by an experienced and qualified ‘Mental Health First Aid (MHFA England)’ instructors.

You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill-health and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe. What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma in the world around you.

As an organisation/employer, being mental health aware displays your recognition of the importance of employee wellbeing in the workplace. It can increase morale, teamwork, and communication, lessen absenteeism, lower staff turnover, and as a result, lower recruitment and training costs. In the UK mental ill-health costs employers 30 billion pounds every year through lack of productivity and absence.

Our open courses are delivered in Andover or be delivered in-house nationwide.

Supervising First Aid for Mental Health

The course is suitable for all persons within a workplace but is primarily aimed at those who hold a supervisory/managerial level position and who have responsibility for implementing a positive mental health culture and responsibility for First Aid for Mental Health within an organisation.

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What is Mental Health First Aid?

MHFA came to England in 2007 and was launched under the Department of Health: National Institute of Mental Health in England (NIMHE) as part of a national approach to improving public mental health.

Mental health education empowers people to care for themselves and others by reducing stigma through understanding. Southwest hopes to break down barriers to the support that people may need to stay well, recover, or manage their symptoms – to thrive in learning, work, and life.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course that teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

Furthermore, MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

Mental health first aid

Benefits of attending this course

Our courses will:

  • Give a deeper understanding of the issues that impact on and relate to people’s mental health
  • Teach practical skills that can be used every day, including being able to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and feel confident guiding people towards appropriate support

Independent research and evaluation show that taking part in an MHFA course:

  • Raises awareness and mental health literacy
  • Reduces stigma around mental ill-health and feel confident guiding people towards appropriate support
  • 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

Our Offices

Unit 2h, Fitz Gilbert Court, Castledown Business Park, Ludgershall, Andover, Wiltshire, SP119FA

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