The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course was first developed in Australia and is now taught in 23 different countries worldwide. Just like physical first aid, MHFA teaches people how to recognise crucial warning signs of mental ill health and feel confident to guide someone to appropriate support. The MHFA course uses national and international research to create course content and aims to preserve life, prevent a mental health issue developing further and reduce stigma and discrimination around mental health.
MHFA England offer Youth, Adult and workplace mental health first aid training. Each of which offer a course tailored to a specific group and demographic. Workplace MHFA has been particularly popular with large firms such as EY, Channel 4, Royal Mail and Thames Water providing the opportunity for their staff to attend MHFA courses.
All MHFA training focus on using basic five steps (referred to as the ALGEE) to asses and help a young person experiencing a mental health issue. An introduction to the five steps are below:
Approach the person, asses and assist with any crisis
Listen and communicate non-judgmentally
Give support and information
Encourage the young person to get appropriate professional help
Encourage other supports
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