Mental Health Training

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. MHFA is the mental health equivalent of physical first aid, and having mental health first aiders in the workplace is most likely to become mandatory at some point.

Health and Safety

The Health and Safety executive updated its guidance from November 2018, asking employers to consider ways to manage mental health and employee well-being.

Parliamentary debate

January 2019 saw an overwhelmingly backed motion to introduce legislation to put mental and physical health on equal footing through workplace first aid regulations.

Why do we need it?

Mental health issues are a major cause of employee attrition. One in four people have actually left a job due to mental ill health, and two out of three people have considered leaving a job due to well-being issues. With mental health issues on the government agenda this is now an essential topic to address in the workplace both for commercial reasons and employee well-being.

MHFA England training courses teach participants to spot the signs of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide a person towards support. They don’t teach people to be therapists, instead they provide the skills to people to listen and respond so they can give reassurance and support: – This could be either in a mental health crisis, or potentially to reach out to someone and prevent a crisis from happening in the first place.

Did you know?

One in Four

people in the UK will experience at least one diagnosable mental health issue in any one year


is the biggest killer of men aged 20 to 49

Mental ill health

is responsible for 28% of the total burden of ill health in the UK.
Compare this to 16% for cancer and 16% for heart disease

Mental health in the workplace

76% of line managers believe they are responsible for employee well-being, but only 22% have received training

At any one time one worker in six will be experiencing depression, anxiety or issues relating to stress

Work-related stress alone accounts for 45% of all working days lost to ill health

Mental ill health costs UK employers £34.9 billion each year …. The equivalent of £1,300 for every employee in the UK workforce.

Simple steps to improve the management of mental health in the workplace will allow employers to save 30% or more of these costs

So…. Mental well-being is good for business

Healthy people are happier, more engaged and more productive. Employers across the UK are acting now to support the well-being of their people and create mentally healthy businesses.

Line managers can learn and understand the importance of mental health by feeling confident to start conversions and de-stigmatise mental health in the workplace, enabling and empowering well-being.

The MHFA England Instructor Training Programme is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health and is evidence based

Laura Rosenthal is an accredited Instructor Member, approved by MHFA England to deliver the three types of Adult mental health first aid courses. (Mental Health First Aider / MHFA Champion / Mental Health Aware).

Notably, Laura has a comprehensive medical background and over 22 years of experience in training and developing individuals within the healthcare sector.

This includes:

Delivering training courses on various mental health issues such as schizophrenia, psychosis, depression and alcohol dependency

Training advanced communication skills and coaching skills

With consistently first-rate feedback on her training sessions, this combination of knowledge and experience lends itself to excellence in her delivery and facilitation of your Mental Health First Aid Training.

MAPS-Training is here to support you to manage well-being proactively and minimise the impact of mental ill health on work and life. We will work alongside you to deliver training that complements and enhances your existing well-being strategy, if you have one. If you don’t, we can get you started on that journey and guide you along the way.

What will I learn from the courses?

Learning takes place through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions.

What you learn will depend on the length of course you attend:

Available Courses

Two day Course – Mental Health First Aider

An in-depth practical skills and awareness course designed to give you a deeper understanding of mental health and the factors and triggers that can affect people’s well-being, including your own.

One day Course – MHFA Champion

 An awareness and skills course, perfect for line managers which will teach you to recognise the main signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, and develop an understanding of how you can create and maintain a healthier workforce or community

Half day course – Mental Health Aware

An introductory course which is a great first step in leading a culture change around discussing mental health within an organisation.The course is designed to increase mental health awareness and give an understanding of how to look after well-being and challenge stigma.

What will each course include and cost?

For further details of what each course includes, which courses would be the right ones for you or your organisation, certifications achieved and prices for each course.

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MAPS-Training can also create bespoke resilience and stress management courses for your business and individual needs on a case by case basis ensuring your exact requirements are met.

Please contact us for more information.