Adult - 2 day
Local courses for local people and business. Brought to you by an Isle of Man resident instructor and fully accredited by MHFA England. By completing the two day MHFA - Adult course run by MANX MINDS you’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.
You’ll also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more. What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma in the world around you.
What is Mental Health First Aid?
Watch this short video to find out more about Mental Health First Aid and our 1 in 10 target.
The role of the Mental Health First Aider.
A Mental Health First Aider in the workplace is the go-to person for anyone who is going through some form of mental health issue. The first aider will be present to help guide the person in distress to the relevant help that they need. They will also have the relevant knowledge to be able to spot someone who is developing a mental health issue. They will, therefore, be able to intervene before it escalates.
Being a Mental Health First Aider doesn’t qualify you to provide therapy to someone who may need it. They are there to support an individual and help to make their life at work easier. It is important not to be judgmental and to encourage them to access the professional support that is available. An important part of the role is assessing the individual; if the person is getting worse and may be moving towards self-harm or suicide additional help may be needed.
Confidentiality is key in this role, just like a medical or disciplinary issue within a company, each discussion must be protected.In the same way as accident forms need to be filled in by a regular appointed Medical First Aider; this is also the case in terms of mental health. Critical incidents need to be recorded when necessary to help with the individual’s progression.