Train As A Mental Health First Aider

According to Mental Health First Aid US, “Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in your community.” In the UK, missed work days due to mental ill-health cost the UK economy £8 billion and in the USA, in 2016, 6.7% of all adults experienced depression.

Mental health first aid training helps:

  • Colleagues support their co-workers more effectively
  • Managers support employees when a mental health illness is disclosure
  • Everyone recognise and diagnose mental health conditions as early as possible
  • Anyone support someone through a mental health crisis

So far, there are over 1000 mental health first aiders in the UK and the number is growing. In the UK, training course are available here and in the USA, courses are available here.

In the UK, 10 million adults are diagnosed with a mental health problem each year
Source: NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care (2009)

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