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Mental Health First Aid Course

About our Mental Health First Aid course

Our two-day mental health first aid course will enable you to become a qualified workplace mental health first aider. Learn to spot signs of what could be a common mental health problem, as well as symptoms associated with substance abuse.

The training examines the impact of mental ill health issues for adults. This includes stigma and discrimination, and provides resources and tools to help. A delegate who joins this course will learn the practical skills needed to support someone experiencing a mental health crisis as a primary responder and contribute to an improvement in their wellbeing. Our training is licensed by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Wales.

Did you know? We also offer this as a partly online course. This consists of a number of e-learning modules and 2 live webinars with one of our trainers. 

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mental health first aid course who is it for

Who is it for?

Every business and organisation should be committed to supporting the wellbeing of its workforce. This includes having a qualified mental health first aider. This mental health first aid training is suitable for all levels. That's why there are no specific requirements on who should take this course. Every person should be able to provide mental health support to those who need it.

mental health first aid course how is it assessed

How is it assessed?

There is no assessment involved with this training. However, our instructors will make sure that delegates are comfortable with the knowledge they have acquired.

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Delegates that complete the training course successfully will be awarded a mental health first aid certificate valid for three years

St John Ambulance Cymru is one of the top mental health first aid coursetraining provider in Wales. In the UK, St John Ambulance is one of the voluntary aid societies (VAS) who are recognised by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) as standard setters for first aid training in accordance with the Health and Safety (First Aid) regulations 1981. This course is also licensed by Mental Health First Aid Wales. They directly train, license and support instructors who deliver who deliver an MHFA course.

Physical health is very important as we already know. That's why UK law mandates that workplaces have someone dedicated to handling physical first aid. However, mental health is also really important. In the workplace, adult mental health can have a serious impact if early intervention is not taken. If an employee has poor mental health or is suffering from emotional distress, then this has the potential to impact their relationship with colleagues and management. It will have a negative impact on the quality of their work, lower productivity, and cause them to take sick days. It could even cause an employee to leave their employment if they do not feel supported. This is why mental health awareness is so important.

Employers have a legal responsibility to provide a duty of care to their employees and support their wellbeing. They must make sure that they are committed to supporting employees not just physically but also mentally. Poor mental health has the potential to be considered a disability. This means that employers may have further legal requirements to make reasonable adjustments according to relevant equality legislation if an employee is suffering from a mental health issue. There are countless benefits to ensuring mental health at work is well looked after. For example, employers may see improved productivity, confidence, and working relationships, and a reduction in absence-related costs. Ensuring employees feel respected and well-looked after will facilitate a happier workplace environment and reduce the impact of mental illness in the workplace.

As a mental health workplace first aider, you will need to identify issues and share ways to seek treatment. You will provide initial support to a person before referring them onto other professionals for further assistance if needed. The mhfaider role will require the skill to identify when a person is suffering from a mental health condition and apply active listening to reassure and support. The adult mental health first aider will also be able to lead mental health advocacy in the workplace.

We offer MHFA training across Wales. Click the ‘Book Course’ button below to find a mental health first aid course date suitable for you. If your business has six or more delegates that would benefit from from this mental health first aid training, then we can come to your business premises to offer bespoke training. Get in touch with us for a quote. If you are in England, then you will need to find an MHFA England course.

What is covered on our Mental Health First Aid course



Substance use problems

Suicidal thoughts and behaviours

Non-suicidal self-injury

Panic attacks

Traumatic events

Severe psychotic states

Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use

Aggressive behaviours

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