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Southwest now offers a wide range of mental health first aid training including the Understanding Mental Health in the Workplace for Managers to support organisations. Our training is delivered by 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 up 45 billion pounds every year through lack of productivity and absence.

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

Understanding Mental Health in the Workplace for Managers

Level 3 Award in Understanding Mental Health in the Workplace for Managers

The objective of the Level 3 Award in Understanding Mental Health in the Workplace for Managers qualification is to support a role in the workplace and/or to give learners personal growth and engagement in learning, specifically in relation to understanding mental health in the workplace, how mental ill health may affect employees and how managers can support employees.

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Level 2 Introduction to First Aid for Mental Health

Level 2 Introduction to First Aid for Mental Health

The role of a first aider for mental health is to provide basic mental health support or to be the first response to someone in need, usually in the workplace. The first aider for mental health is not clinically qualified to assess, diagnose or treat mental ill health but they will know the basic tools to listen to individuals who require first response support for their mental health.

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Level 1 Introduction to Mental Health and Wellbeing

Level 1 – Introduction to Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Level 1 Introduction to Mental Health and Wellbeing qualification introduces learners to the concepts of mental health, mental ill health and wellbeing. It aims to provide a learner with an understanding that all individuals have mental health and how they may be able to support others. The unit also provides learners with an understanding of how to self-manage their own mental health and wellbeing.

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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.

Benefits of attending our Mental Health courses

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

Why choose Southwest Health and Safety?

  • High quality training
  • We have above national average pass rates on all our courses including Mental Health.
  • We are competitively priced.
  • We offer interest free payment plans of 3, 6 and 9 months on all courses. Call us to enquire on +44 (0)1264 874 466.
  • Armed Forces are eligible to use their Standard Learning Credits (SLC) on our Mental Health courses.
  • Engaging courses

Our Offices

Unit 3D, Fitz Gilbert Court, Castledown Business Park, Ludgershall, Andover, Wiltshire, SP119FA

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