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Mental Health First Aid - Courses

Mental Health is just as important as physical health and they often go hand in hand. When managing our staff and our working environment we all have to be aware of how much Mental ill Health can affect the wellness of our workers.

Here at Daniel Owen, we understand the importance of mental health and wellbeing and also aware of the higher percentage of suicide rates within our industry sector. With the growing and worrying statistics around Mental ill Health in society, Daniel Owen decided to take action towards making a positive difference. And at the end of 2020, we decided to invest in training ten of our staff to become Mental Health First Aiders.

Due to such positive feedback from our staff Daniel Owen we would like to introduce our contacts to our Independent Accredited Instructor Member of Mental Health First Aid – Melissa Gale. Melissa trained with MHFA England with the only licenced MHFA instructor training programme in England which is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.

This in-depth course provides team members, managers and business leaders a way to develop Mental Health advocates within their business, and therefore be better equipped to provide support and guidance to colleagues and employees that could be experiencing mental health difficulties and potentially save lives.

What are the benefits of sending employees on a Mental Health First Aid Course?

Poor Mental Health costs UK employers up to £45 billion a year with over 14 million sick days each year are attributed to mental health conditions, including stress, anxiety and depression.

Having a number of Mental Health First Aiders in your business not only contributes to the wellbeing of your employees, it also creates a more approachable work environment that improves the culture and collaboration between your teams. Providing MHFA in the workplace shows that you care, that you are a responsible employer and can also help to build employee engagement, loyalty, productivity and be seen as a desirable place to work.

MHFAs gain the understanding, knowledge and skills to empathically help others, help create a climate where people feel confident to talk openly about problems being experienced and help remove stigma and discrimination surrounding mental ill-health.

What can I expect from the course?

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing.
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues.
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress.
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening.
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support — whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix of these.

      What format does the course take and is there a certification?

      • An Online fully Interactive Course: 4 online interactive sessions (2 – 2.5  hours each) with 4 individual self-learning sessions too.  This course can be delivered over a period of a week,  two weeks duration and with the option of a two day delivery.
      • Learning takes place through a mix of group discussions and activities, videos, slides and case studies to embed the learning experience.
      • Numbers are limited to per course for the instructor to keep participants safe and supported with their learning.
      • During the course you will be provided with your own detailed MHFA manual,  workbook and quick reference MHFA Checklist.
      • Upon completion of the course you will receive an MHFA Certificate.

      Can I book a group course?

      Yes and numbers are limited in each session to ensure participants are kept safe and fully supported with their learning.

      Melissa’s MHFA England Profile:

      Founder – Melissa Gale, MBACP and Accredited Instructor with MHFA England:

      Proud to be part of MHFAs growing network, helping like-minded professionals to help train others to identify, understand and assist people who may be struggling with poor mental health.

      Melissa has a previous commercial background working some 10+ years within a stressful & demanding career, along with family life - working full time with twin babies and managing that work life balance as best as possible.

      She has always had a passion and keen interest in Mental Health and Wellbeing and completed her initial training as a counsellor back in 2008.  Melissa is a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapy and continues today to provide voluntary counselling and funded support (for Adults and Young People) at a local charity in East Berkshire and provides private counselling support too (for Adults). 

      With a great concern about the growing statistics around poor Mental Health and the impact this is having on our society, in the workplace and for our Young People, Melissa has a keen desire and motivation to make a positive difference in the world of Mental Health and wellbeing.

      Melissa initially trained as an Accredited Youth - Mental Health First Aid Instructor - as part of a delivery project for a local NHS CCG.  And then went on to train as an Instructor of Adult Mental Health First Aid too, bringing together her wealth of skills, knowledge and experience from both the commercial sector and mental health & wellbeing background.

      The content, the information shared and the feedback provided from these courses has been extremely positive and powerful - making a huge difference to people’s understanding of mental health and wellbeing and potentially saving lives.

      What course dates are available?         

      • 19th & 26th September  ~  9am to 5pm (Two full days) 
      • 21st & 28th November - 9am to 5pm (Two full days)

      What should I be mindful of before sending my team on the course?

      It is important to recognise that this course covers material that you may find emotionally triggering. Your self-care is important and your safety throughout is our priority. In view of this, please consider that the timing of the course is 'right' for your team and their own mental health and wellbeing are in a 'good' place.

      The content of this course is very informative and at times can be very impactful. This course teaches participants to recognise and respond appropriately to the signs of emotional and mental ill-health and values shared experiences and learning. However, please be aware that the course is not a therapeutic space or a place to resolve personal problems and difficulties.

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