As we continue to de-stigmatise mental health and ensure that talking about it is the norm in places of work across the country, many organisations and individuals alike are seeking out opportunities to become accredited in mental health qualifications, enabling them to make a difference. This is where Mental Health First Aid Training comes in.
Developed by Mental Health First Aid England, this is a nationally recognised course which provides people with the opportunity to complete either a full two-day course, a one-day course or a half-day course. Completing the full two-day course certifies people as ‘mental health first aiders’ – equipping them with the tools and the knowledge necessary to support people who may be experiencing ill periods of mental health.
This training is available in both Adult and Youth varieties. A two-day course in either of these areas will provide participants with a certificate, a MHFA manual, a quick-reference card featuring the MHFA Action-Plan, and also a workbook with a toolkit included to support personal mental health.
Adult Training is ideal for people who work with adults for a day job, or workplaces who are looking to invest in additional training to support their internal wellbeing strategies. It is important to note it isn’t limited to these areas, however, as anyone with an interest and a willingness to learn can become Mental Health First Aid qualified. None of us know when we may need the confidence and knowledge to step forward and support someone.
Youth Training provides the same standard of training but takes a focus on the issues which face young people today – including exploring areas like the impact which Social Media can have on our mental health. People in educational settings, alongside parents and carers are likely to find this training particularly beneficial when it comes to empowering them with the knowledge to confidently support young people.
MHFA is provided by Mid Kent Mind in a virtual capacity. You can view some of our current open-access courses, and their costs, below.
Although we are currently offering no MHFA sessions, our partners at West Kent Mind have several sessions currently available. You can find details of the sessions which are available below:
Mental Health First Aid Refresher Course
Just like physical first aid, it is recommended that Mental Health First Aiders and MHFA Champions attend a refresher course every three years. This is to both update and also practice skills – allowing you to ensure you have the confidence to continue to use your MHFA knowledge everyday.
West Kent Mind’s next session is on Thursday the 20th of October 2022 from 10am – 2pm via ZOOM.
Adult Mental Health First Aid Course
Adult MHFA course help you to learn how you can better support adults who may be struggling with their mental health by giving you practical and proactive ways in which you can support them.
West Kent Mind’s next Adult Session will take place on Wednesday the 23rd and Wednesday the 30th of November, from 9am to 5pm. it will run at Cripps Solicitors, 22 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 8AS.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Course
Youth MHFA courses provide a change for you to learn more about how you can better support young people who may be experiencing difficulties with their mental health. The course gives people the confidence to make a difference.
West Kent Mind’s next Youth Session will take place on Monday the 31st of October and Tuesday the 1st of November 2022 from 9am to 5pm. It will take place at Sevenoaks District Council Offices, Council Chamber, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1HG.
The course is valued at £300 per person but West Kent Mind is subsiding this to individuals who live, work or study within the West and Mid Kent areas at the special rate of £150 per person.
MHFA is also something we offer internally for various organisations – and this can be in either the half-day, one-day or two-day formats.
If this is something you are interested in, then please don’t hesitate to contact our training team via email@example.com to discuss this further.