Mental health first aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before professional help is obtained.

With 1 in 4 of us experiencing mental health problems at any one time and it being estimated that up to £25.9 billion a year is lost in terms of sickness absence, presenteeism and turnover due to lack of well being in the work place Mental Health First Aiders are a valuable asset to any organisation.

The MHFA course is 12 hours (usually delivered as 2-days). It covers:

  • Mental health awareness, stigma, discrimination and recovery
  • Recognising & understanding depression, suicidal feelings, anxiety disorders, self harm and psychosis
  • Providing ‘first aid’ for panic attacks, suicidal feelings and acute distress including acute psychosis
  • Providing on-going support & self-help strategies

It is nationally recognised and delivered by MHFA England approved trainers. OSDC delivers this course in partnership with HARP a Manchester based mental health charity.

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