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Mental Health First Aid

The Adult MHFA Two Day course qualifies learners as a Mental Health First Aider

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Our Mental Health First Aid Instructors are registered by MHFA England to deliver this course. The course is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches managers and staff how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide support, reassurance, and guide people to the help they may need on first aid basis.
MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis.

This course has been developed by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA England). It provides the skills, knowledge and understanding of first aid for mental health and how to effectively support those experiencing distress.
This empowers both individuals and communities to understand the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and how best to support themselves and those around them in recovery. It will help reduce stigma and discrimination around mental health. Learn more about this MHFA Two Day course

Every Mental Health First Aid course is delivered by Mental Health First Aid Instructors who are registered by MHFA England to deliver the accredited courses. Only certificated MHFA Instructors can teach these courses.

Only certificated instructors can teach this course.

Alternative Mental Health First Aid England accredited course also available

MHFA Champion

Developed by MHFA England, this one-day course is ideal for line manager and anyone with people management responsibilities. It provides the skills, knowledge and understanding of first aid for mental health and how to effectively support those experiencing distress.

This empowers both individuals and communities to understand the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and how best to support themselves and those around them in recovery. It will help reduce stigma and discrimination around mental health

For more information to become an MHFA Champion

Mental Health Aware

This half day course is an introductory four-hour session to raise awareness of mental health. Developed by MHFA England the course gives learners a basic knowledge of common mental health issues.

For more information to become Mental Health Aware

More public course coming soon. In-House Group Training is also available.
To book a course or for more information please call

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How to beat Janxiety

We are half way though January and fast approaching Blue Monday officially most depressing day of the year.

The partying and excesses of the festive season are a distant memory and for many it’s back to work at the same old desk. Add to that wind, rain and cold weather, Christmas debts and failed New Year’s resolutions.
It is no wonder that January can feel to some like the gloomiest month of the year and it’s no surprise people can find themselves feeling miserable and low at this time of year.

Turns out there's a name for that very feeling: Janxiety. (January + Anxiety)

But the good news is you can beat this! firstly, you’re far from alone in your Janxiety, secondly, there are things you can do to help and thirdly…..its not long until February!

Blue Monday

The third Monday of January has been awarded the gloomy title due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills. Supposedly the date was calculated by using many factors, including: weather conditions, debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and our ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action.

Failed new year resolutions

We tend to make resolutions because of guilt, and that’s not the best long term motivator.  We also make difficult and vague resolutions, such as “save money”, “be more organised” or “lose weight”.

So its not surprise 80 percent of new year’s resolutions have failed by February.

Next time, If you’re going to make a resolution, make sure it’s one you can manage and measure. Then do it and feel better! (Which will encourage you to do it again.)

Don’t be too hard on yourself, you can make changes anytime of the year.  

Be sociable - Samaritans Brew Monday

In the UK we love a cup of tea. Get together with your friends, family or workmates on Brew Monday, 21 January 2019, have a cuppa, raise vital funds for Samaritans and beat the January blues! ‘Blue Monday’  is known as one of the most difficult days of the year. 

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A good strong cup of tea is important to TV and radio broadcaster Yasmin Evans. “I’m a Northerner and we drink a lot of tea. If you don’t have teabags in your kitchen, there’s something wrong with you.

 

“Having a cup of tea, and sitting across the table from someone, you just put all your walls down and get a little bit comfortable, you have a conversation and a chat,” says Yasmin. What is comforting is, you know that the conversation is going to last as long as that little mug, so there’s no pressure. You don’t have to stay longer than the brew.

Volunteer or do something new

Lots of us resolve to try new things at the start of a new year. Why not try volunteering? We know you’ll love it!

Volunteering is a great way to meet like-minded, welcoming people and make great new friends. You can dedicate as much or as little time to volunteering as you like. Even if you can only spare an hour a week, that can make a huge difference. There are so many different volunteering opportunities available you’re certain to find somewhere you can share your knowledge and expertise

Research has shown that people who volunteer are healthier, happier and feel more fulfilled than people who don’t. Knowing you’re doing something to help others can give you an enormous sense of personal achievement and wellbeing. 

Exercise Join RED January

R.E.D JANUARY is a movement helping to raise awareness and support for mental health, through the power of exercise. In partnership with the charity Mind it also encourages people to raise money for the charity as well as raising the awareness of mental health issues and promote the positive impact that exercise can have on wellbeing. 

The emphasis is on any exercise and to celebrate every achievement, no matter how large or small. RED January can provide you with a goal and a focus in a characteristically tough month, empowering you to start the year as you mean to go on. To find out more

Get some light

If the winter blues is about lack of daylight, it’s no surprise that treatment usually involves getting more light into your life.  If you feel low in winter, get outside as often as you can (walking or running would be great), especially on bright days. Sitting by a window can also help.
Light therapy is another idea. This involves sitting in front of or beneath a light box that produces a very bright light.

 

Don't forget you are not alone

Lots of your friends, relatives and colleagues will be going through the same or similar feelings as you in January. Find someone to talk to, a relative or team up with a friend to support each other. We’re all in this together and there are people out there who want to help you.

If you feel you need more support visit your GP or contact the Samaritans who will be able to help.

To learn more about mental heath and become a Mental Health First Aider

Please join us on our two day course