Overview

Our two day course qualifies you as an Armed Forces Mental Health First Aider.

Armed Forces Mental Health First Aiders have:

Cost

We value this course at £300 per person.

Costs may vary depending on location and instructor – contact the instructor for more information by clicking on a course below.
 

What to expect

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.

Places on the course are restricted to serving and ex-serving personnel, their family members, and support services who work with the armed forces community.

Learning takes place across four manageable sessions. Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around an MHFA action plan. 

You will get a manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it. When you complete the two days you'll get a certificate to say you are an Armed Forces Mental Health First Aider.

“This life saving training is essential if we are really serious about providing the mental health support that the armed forces community requires.”

Course structure

  • Why MHFA for the armed forces community?
  • Military culture
  • What is mental health?
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Mental health issues - violence and the criminal justice system
  • The five steps of Mental Health First Aid
  • Suicide
  • Non-judgemental listening skills
  • Crisis first aid for suicidal behaviour
  • First aid for depression
  • Signs and symptoms of depression
  • Actions for suicidal behaviour and depression
  • Treatment and resources for depression
  • Self-care
  • Vicarious trauma and burnout
  • Self-harm
  • Eating disorders
  • Treatment and resources for self-harm and eating disorders
  • What is psychosis?
  • Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder
  • Symptoms and risk factors for psychosis
  • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis
  • Treatment and resources for psychosis
  • What is anxiety?
  • When is anxiety a problem?
  • Signs and symptoms of anxiety
  • Alcohol, drugs and anxiety disorders
  • The impact of trauma
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Crisis first aid for panic attacks
  • Crisis first aid for acute stress reaction 
  • Recovery
  • Action planning for using MHFA

Programme availability