Mental Health First Aid England – Two Day Course


How to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health problem

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Mental Health First Aid England – Two Day Course

Learn how to recognize the signs of mental health distress and offer practical help and support to your clients, friends and family on this valuable and internationally recognized course.
Dates to be fixed soon         9.15 am (for a 9.30 start) – 4.30pm
Discounted Rate for members of the GHR, NCH & BIH: £300 (Standard Price £340)
Venue: Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire


There is widespread misunderstanding of mental ill health in the general population and there is the associated stigma too.  For some the stigma can lead to delays in people seeking help and support.

This Mental Health First Aid two day course teaches delegates how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health problem.  In the same way as we learn Physical First aid, Mental Health First Aid enables you to recognize those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.  In any one year, approximately 1 in 4 British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem.   Mental ill health can affect every single one of us.

There is also a lack of confidence in what to do if someone is distressed or in a crisis situation.   As a Hypnotherapist, by learning to recognise the signs that someone may be experiencing mental health distress, you will have more confidence and skills in being able to guide a person towards appropriate professional help, and in its most powerful form, save a life by learning basic suicide intervention skills. 

On the course you will learn:

Section 1:

  • What is Mental Health?
  • Why Mental Health First Aid?
  • The Five steps of Mental Health First Aid
  • Impact and cost of Mental Health
  • Influences on Mental Health
  • Risk and protective factors
  • What is depression?
  • Alcohol, drugs and depression


Section 2:

  • Suicide in England
  • How to help someone who is suicidal
  • Listening non-judgementally
  • First Aid for depression
  • Treatment and resources for depression
  • Self-care


Section 3:

  • What is anxiety?
  • When is anxiety a problem?
  • Alcohol, Drugs and anxiety disorders
  • Crisis first aid for panic attacks
  • Crisis first aid for acute stress reaction
  • Some common thinking distortions
  • Treatment and resources for anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Eating disorders


Section 4:

  • What is psychosis?
  • Understanding psychosis
  • Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
  • Recovery from psychosis
  • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis
  • Treatment and resources for psychosis
  • Action planning for using MHFA


About Your Tutor:

Val qualified as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor in 2008 being one of the first Instructors to deliver MHFA in England.    Val’s background is in Bereavement Support and working in the Drug/Alcohol field for 16 years within the Criminal Justice system.

Her interest in mental health developed through working with addictive behaviours. She also has independent private practice as a Holistic Therapist and specializes in helping people with mental health and addiction problems in their recovery.  Her approach considers the whole person and is based on the interaction between the body, the mind and the energy system that combines them.

Val uses a range of techniques including Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Meditation/Mindfulness and Reiki to assist people in making positive changes to their lives.

The cost of the workshop includes a comprehensive manual, workbook and five step MHFA guide, safe car parking, delicious buffet lunch and refreshments throughout the day, Certificate of Attendance directly from MHFA England plus ongoing support by phone or e-mail.


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