Accredited Mental Health First Aid Training

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Accredited Mental Health First Aid Training


Sefton CVS would like to invite you to an accredited Mental Health First Aid course due to take place on 30th & 31st July and 8th & 9th October, for small (50 employees or less) VCF sector organisations throughout Sefton.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

MHFA is the help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before professional help is obtained.

The aims of MHFA are:

  • to preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others
  • to provide help to prevent the mental health problems developing into a more serious state
  • to promote the recovery of good mental health
  • to provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem

MHFA does not teach people to be therapists. However, it does teach people how to recognise the symptoms of mental health problems, how to provide initial help and how to guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

Who should do an MHFA course?

Course participants have been very varied, including employers, managers, teachers, police, nurses, case managers, support workers, social welfare staff, employment agency staff, personnel staff, members of the general public, and staff of national and local government departments.

If you are responsible for staff, interact with the public, or just want to improve your knowledge MHFA is for you.

How long does it take?

The MHFA course takes 12 hours. This is normally delivered as a two day course but can be delivered as four 3 hour sessions.

Who developed the training and accredits the courses?

MHFA was developed in Australia and is an internationally recognised training course that has been adapted for the English context. The MHFA courses have been accredited with the National Open College Network (OCN), as 3 credits at level 3. It is also accredited by The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).

What do participants get?

Participants of the 12-hour MHFA course receive a course manual and also a certificate at the completion of the course. Those who have completed the course have been very positive about the knowledge and skills they have acquired.

How much does it cost?

As the course is heavily subsidised, organisations are asked to pay a one-off (non-refundable) fee of £60 per delegate, with a maximum of 3 delegates per date. This fee must be paid in full before the first day or September 30th for the second course. Each course is limited to just 16 participants so we would advise booking early.

If you would like to attend the course, please complete the booking form and return it to Jenny Dexter on [email protected] or via post to Training & Skills Department, Sefton CVS, Burlington House, 3rd Floor, North Wing, Crosby Road North, Waterloo, L22 0LG.

Please contact Thomasina Afful on 0151 920 0726 ext 209 or email: [email protected] for further information.



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