October 31, 2019

Mental Health First Aid

Cost: €295 per person

Date: 16th 23rd January 2020

Time: 9.00am to 4.30pm

Venue: Gateway Business Centre, Athy road, Carlow

Contact: Jacqueline 059 9132152 / admin@carlowkilkennyskillnet.ie

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the initial help given to someone who is developing a mental health problem or who is in a mental health crises. The first aid is given until appropriate professional support is received or until the crises resolves.

The MHFA course is 4 modules of 3 hours each covered over 2 days. It teaches people how to assist someone who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental crises. Course participants receive a copy of the MHFA manual and a certificate of completion.

Emerging Mental Health Problems covered included:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Substance Misuse

Why MHFA?

  • Mental Health problems are common
  • Many people are not well informed about how to recognise mental health problems, how to respond to the person and what supports are available
  • Many people with mental health problems delay seeking help or do not seek help at all
  • There is a stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems
  • Professional help is not always immediately available

 Evidence that MHFA works:

Course content is derived from a number of consensus studies incorporating the expertise of hundreds of researcher, clinicians, service user advocates and carer advocates across the English speaking world.

The programme has been extensively evaluated and found to be effective in improving mental health literacy, reducing stigma, increasing helping behaviours and improving participants own mental health. These evaluations have been carried out in the workplace and community settings.

The MHFA programme is available in 23 countries worldwide.

 

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