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

Mental health is about how we think, feel & behave. Whilst mental health problems are common most are mild, tend to be short term and can be treated. But - they all cause upset, concern, worry and can result in a huge amount of  lost time for the affected, their loved ones and their colleagues.

Whether work is causing the health issue or aggravating it, employers have a legal responsibility to help their employees. 15.4 million working days were lost to mental health issues in 2017/18, this equates to 57% of all working days lost to ill health in the UK.*

First Aid for Mental Health is the initial support provided to a person experiencing a mental health problem until professional help is received or the crisis is resolved.

On our courses you'll learn how to recognise a range of mental health issues, how to start a supportive conversation and when and how to signpost someone to professional help.

sources: Mind UK & HSE

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Level 1 Award in Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health

4hr (half-day) Course

Anyone can be affected by a mental health condition either themselves or a family member, friend or colleague.

This awareness course is suitable for everyone as it provides learners with the knowledge to recognise a suspected mental health condition and the skills to start a conversation and be able to signpost a person towards professional help.

All members of the public can benefit from this course and it is a great stepping stone into First Aid for Mental Health

Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health

1 Day Course

This course is suitable for everyone but has been designed to help employers to provide a positive mental health culture within the workplace and to provide learners with comprehensive knowledge on a range of the most common mental health conditions and the skills to be able to act should a condition be suspected.

Learners undertaking this course will be considered First Aiders for Mental Health and be a point of contact within the workplace to help and support those with a suspected mental health condition.

This course introduces the First Aid for Mental Health Action Plan which allows learners to provide their peers with comprehensive guidance and support for a suspected mental health condition. Learners will be able to provide signposting to professional help and support that person whilst they are receiving professional assistance.

This course also covers the effects of drugs and alcohol and provides learners with the skills and knowledge to assist employers in implementing a positive mental health culture to support employees within a workplace.

Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health

2 Day Course

This course builds on the Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health and covers a wider range of mental health conditions and goes into detail on the range of therapy and professional support that a person may be given by professional bodies during treatment for a mental health condition.

The course is suitable for all persons within a workplace but is 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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If you are interested in having Mental Health North West run a course for your organisation - or you're looking for a place on one of our open courses - or you've a general enquiry - then please get in touch here.