Mental Health First Aider - Introduction / Refresher
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Mental health has never been more important in schools.
For students, mental health affects their well-being, learning, attainment, and development.
Over the years, numerous studies have found school staff to be among the most stressed workers in Britain. This year’s HSE report shows that stress, depression and anxiety remains the leading cause of ill health in education, with an average of 95,000 cases each year between 2019/20 and 2021/22.
By focusing on mental wellbeing in school, we can create a safe and supportive environment where people can cope more ably with stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues, and we can promotes positive thinking and resilience.
Mental Health First Aid knowledge, enables you to spot when someone is showing signs of distress and offer them support and/or assistance to get the help that they need. Early intervention is important to prevent escalation.
What is mental health, mental ill-health & mental illness?
Why mental health is important in schools for adults and students
Why mental health first aid, Legislation, stigma and discrimination
The role of the mental health first aider – key principles
Skills and application of mental health first aider role – ALGEE
Mental health of children & Safeguarding issues
First aider self-care, peer support and supervision
Common signs and symptoms and first aid approach
MHFA Action Plan – setting up and operating a system
Building a mentally well school environment
The Mental health of children & Safeguarding issues is an optional for those providing mental health first aid to pupils.
There will be short written assessment at the end, and on completion you will receive a certificate in Mental Health First Aid Introduction / Refresher certificate.
How does the training work?
This course takes 2.5-3 hours to compete (an additional 25 minutes for the section on children) The training courses are held on our online platform, so you can access them anytime and from anywhere. Each staff member has an individual login, so we know where each person has got up to, and restart at the correct point each time. The sessions have notes to download and a video presentation – you can watch it, pause and try out the functions as you go. There is then an assessment for the topics covered.