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What is Mental Health 1st Aid?

What is Mental Health 1st Aid?

What is Mental Health 1st Aid?

Many organisations ask what is Mental Health 1st Aid and is it similar to traditional 1st Aid. However, rather than looking after someone’s physical health, it considers their mental health and wellbeing. A Mental Health 1st Aid Champion has received appropriate training to support someone that may be struggling with their mental health. Therefore, they are the person that an individual can approach to confide in. This person can guide the individual dealing with poor mental health to get the support they need. In addition, this person will also know how to spot the signs of poor mental health. As a result, they will be able to help someone address it before it escalates.


Why is it Important to Promote Good Mental Health?


Workplace mental health and wellbeing is moving up the corporate agenda. Businesses now recognise there are tangible benefits in looking after your most important asset – your staff. Our health and wellbeing services will help you lower absence rates, increase productivity and improve employee engagement.

Mental Health issues within the workplace cost employers a staggering amount. In fact, it is as much as £42 billion a year (The Independent Review of Mental Health and Employers).

So how much could you save per employee per year, if you take steps to boost mental health and wellbeing.

  • In the Private sector, it could be as much as £1,481
  • Within the Public sector, it could be as much as £1878 

Are you looking to take a proactive approach to dealing with mental health issues in the workplace? Do you want your staff to know how to identify the common symptoms and learn how to act upon them?

Promoting good mental health is essential because poor mental health is a common issue which many people experience. Therefore, by talking about it more openly, we can tackle the stigma. As a result, people will be encouraged to be more open and seek help when they need it. These statistics show just how much of an issue poor mental health is:

  • 25% of adults at some stage during their lifetime have been diagnosed with a form of mental illness. (Source: Annual Health Survey)
  • An additional 15% have experienced less severe problems, which put them at risk of developing mental health problems in the future. (Centre for Mental Health)
  • 1 in 6 people in England has reported common mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression, in any given week. (Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey: Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing)
  • Half of all mental health lifetime cases begin by the age of 14. (National Institute for Mental Health)


Mental Health 1st Aid Champion Course

This Mental Health 1st Aid Champion course will ensure you are equipped with the relevant knowledge of mental health. How to spot the signs, help manage and provide practical support.

During this course, you will explore how mental health issues impact individuals over their lifetime, as well as the broader implications for their family and society.

We will train you to have the skills and confidence to step in and guide those struggling with their mental health, towards the support they need. In doing so, they can speed up their recovery and potentially stop issues from developing into a crisis. Upon completion, delegates are awarded the certificate as Mental Health 1st Aid Champion.

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What is Mental Health 1st Aid Champion's Role?


A Mental Health 1st Aid Champion, in the workplace, is the person to go to if anyone goes through some form of mental health issue. Their role is to help guide the person in distress to the relevant help that they need. Their job is to be able to use their knowledge and experience to spot someone developing a mental health issue. They will, therefore, be prepared to intervene before it escalates.

It is important to remember that being a Mental Health 1st Aid Champion, they are there to support an individual and it doesn’t qualify anyone as a therapist. Instead, they are there to non-judgmentally support an individual; and encourage them to access the professional help available.

The Course Syllabus

What Will I Learn on the Course?

What is Mental Health and Support Protocol

Stigma and Discrimination



Anxiety Disorders

Self Harm


Personality Disorder

Substance Abuse

Further Support

The course provides you with:-

  • An understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma.
  • An understanding of common mental health issues.
  • The causes, symptoms and treatment of common mental health problems.
  • Knowledge and confidence in spotting the signs of mental ill-health.
  • Confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue.
  • An introduction to looking after your mental health and maintaining wellbeing.

The Course Includes

  • 1 Day of Live Training
  • Manual & Supplemental Resources
  • Certificate of Attendance Upon Completion
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This course is Quality Checked by the National Counselling Society (NCS)

Who is This Course is Designed For?

This course is for all corporate, healthcare, social care, employers and educational professionals who need to refresh or improve upon their current understanding of mental health. In addition, it is also for anyone that anyone who works with lives with or supports anyone with mental health issues. We will train you to have the skills and confidence to step in and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, they can speed up their recovery and potentially stop issues from developing into a crisis.

This 1-day course is also available as a live online course.

What Factors Can Impact Mental Health?

Everyone is at risk of developing a problem with their mental health at some point in their life. Our genetics can influence how likely we are to suffer poor mental health. Nonetheless, a variety of other factors impact our mental health. For example:

  • Financial trouble
  • Trauma
  • Bereavement
  • Long term stress
  • Unemployment
  • Drug and alcohol misuse
  • Loneliness
  • Having a long-term health condition

Why have a designated Mental Health 1st Aid Champion?

This training course works to equip individuals with the skills and techniques to battle mental health issues and save lives. Having a designated Mental Health 1st Aid Champion in the workplace provides employees with security and reassurance. As a result, employees will know there is someone to confide in when they feel they are experiencing mental health problems. Most importantly, the Mental Health 1st Aid Champion can help guide the person and advise them as they have received training to have the guidance and experience. Therefore, they should be able to spot if someone is in distress and will be able to intervene when needed.

Why Should a Business Promote Good Mental Health to Employees?

It is becoming more common for employers to focus on mental health 1st aid at work. This training course is an excellent way of incorporating this. For example, it enables employers to improve their team, who are their most important asset. Furthermore, it allows employers to demonstrate to their employees that they care about their mental health and want to see them accel at their job. In addition, this course will focus on developing mental health 1st aid at work, which comes with a range of benefits, for example:

  • Increased productivity,
  • Employee engagement,
  • Lower absenteeism.

Also, employees will feel more empowered and valued by the company when encouraged to prioritise their mental health and wellbeing. Consequently, this can lead to lower employee turnover rates as they become loyal to the business.


What is the meaning of mental health first aid?

Mental Health 1st Aid is a training course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses.

What is mental health first aid and why is it important?

Mental Health 1st Aid provides resources and information that can be offered to someone to provide practical help and support.

How much does a mental health first aid course cost?

Our Mental Health Training Costs £210 via our live online training or £250 face to face training.

What are mental health skills?

Some of the most important skills, when working with Mental Health issues are empathy, active listening skills, compassion, a desire to help others and rapport.

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