Standard Mental Health First Aid

Who is it for?

Any adult interested in supporting others.

What will I learn?

You will learn how to assist an adult who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence-based action plan.

Participants receive a Mental Health First Aid manual and are eligible for accreditation as a Mental Health First Aider (valid for 3 years).

The Standard Mental Health First Aid Course has been endorsed as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points for a number of professions.

This course covers:

  • How to recognise the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems

  • How to provide initial help

  • Where and how to get professional help

  • What sort of help has been shown by research to be effective

  • How to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

Mental health problems covered in this course are:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety problems

  • Psychosis

  • Substance use problems

Mental health crisis situations covered in this course are:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours

  • Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)

  • Panic attacks

  • Traumatic events

  • Severe effects of drug or alcohol use

  • Severe psychotic states

  • Aggressive behaviours

How long is it?

This is a 12 hour course which can be delivered over 2 full days or 4 sessions.

We also deliver the Standard Mental Health First Aid Refresher course, which is 4 hours.