I work in Islington and have used many aspects of MHFA training in my professional and personal life when talking with colleagues and friends about mental health. Shortly after the course I supported a friend who was in considerable distress and the course taught me some techniques and gave me the confidence to support them.
As we are generally one of the first on the scene for emergencies, it’s incredibly powerful to have that insight into people’s mental wellbeing. We are able to spot the signs if someone is in crisis and can help immediately.
Learning Mental Health First Aid is a perfect fit alongside all the physical and medical training we have. Recognising if someone is suicidal as soon as they are admitted can help speed up their recovery process.
Learning about Mental Health First Aid has given me new skills which I can use in every part of my life.
Some of our foster children have had an incredibly difficult start in life. Mental Health First Aid training has helped us to identify if there may be issues and the best way of approaching them.
Working in a secondary school we deal with a lot of mental health issues and having awareness of Mental Health First Aid is imperative to helping a student in the first instance. It helps us with the issue of understanding the individual better and therefore being able to offer the best support.
As I am responsible for everybody’s welfare, it is important for me to be able to recognise if someone in the organisation is struggling and needs support.
Having done a Mental Health First Aid course, I am now able to deal with difficult situations, because I have more understanding and empathy.
The MHFA course has helped me to understand myself better and taught me self-help tips to improve my own wellbeing.