Every MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor who has completed Instructor Training programme and is certified to deliver the course.
The MHFA course takes 12 hours to complete. It can be presented in a range of formats to suit different groups. The course must be presented by a qualified MHFA instructor and quality is continuously monitoredby NUCO.
The course can be presented in the following formats:
The following is a brief outline of what is covered on the course:
The course does not train people to be mental health workers. It offers basic general information about mental health problems. The knowledge presented and understanding developed in the course helps to remove stigma and fear and to give confidence in approaching a person in distress.
Mental Health First Aid is an initial response to distress and all participants on the course understand that this help is given only until other suitable or professional help can be found
This course is regulated by First Aid Awards and credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
Our Award in First Aid for Mental Health delivers a minimum of 6 hours of classroom based theory and practical instruction and is designed to instruct up to a maximum of 12 delegates. This one day course is aimed at providing delegates with the knowledge to recognise a range of mental health conditions, how to start a supportive conversation, reduce stigma and when and how to signpost a person to seek appropriate professional help. Delegates will learn how to recognise and manage stress and understand the impact of substance abuse. They will learn about the first aid action plan for mental health, be able to put it in place and know how to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace.
Delegates will not diagnose or treat mental health conditions, as this can only be carried out by a health care profession, but will gain the knowledge to identify when a person many have a condition and know where they can go to get help.
This course consists of a training room lecture, DVD presentation, written assessment, practical training and assessment.
The contents are
Our Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health Course delivers a minimum of 4 hours of classroom based theory and practical instruction and is designed to instruct up to a maximum of 16 delegates. This half day course is aimed at providing delegates with the knowledge and skills to start a supportive conversation, reduce stigma and be able to signpost the person towards professional help.
Delegates must be at least 14 years old to attend this course and it is advised that learners have a minimum of Level 1 in Literacy, or equivalent due to the multiple choice examination at the end of the course.
Those who achieve this qualification could progress onto the FAA Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health, or the FAA Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health.
The course content is as follows