Mental Health First Aid Awareness

Course Outline

This course is designed to help you be aware of those around you and to help you to recognise when they may need a little more understanding or need signposting to areas of support.

One in four people will experience mental ill health in any given year. It is estimated that around 70 million working hours are lost each day through mental ill health and that 1in 6 people experience mental health problems each week.

At some point in our life we will all go through a difficult or challenging time, for many of us this will happen more than once in a lifetime. A natural reaction to these difficulties is to have negative emotions. These emotions may be anger, sadness, hate, jealousy, guilt, disappointment, fear or despair. It is normal to have these emotions and feelings, but how we deal with them will depend on factors such as:

  • What else is happening in our life, for example are there positive things happening as well as negative.
  • Are we able to see and recognise the positive things as being greater than the negatives.
  • Do we have support around us, such as friends, family etc.

If we have none of the above, we are reliant on looking for the positives ourselves and sometimes the negative emotions are too strong, and we begin the downward spiral to poor mental health.  At this point we may not realise that we need support, but those who are close to us or know us well enough may spot the little changes. This is why mental health first aid is so important, not just to support those who are in crisis, but also those who are showing signs of heading that way. Having people around us who can spot these changes can make all the difference to our mental wellbeing.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the issues that impact on Mental health
  • Recognise signs of mental health issues and stress
  • Identify ways to reduce stigma and discrimination
  • Understand the 5 step action plan
  • Identify early intervention strategies

Course Content

  • Issues that impact on mental health
  • Signs and symptoms of poor mental health
  • Reducing stigma and discrimination
  • The five step action plan
  • Early intervention strategies


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