Mental Health First Aid

One in five people in Northern Ireland will experience mental ill health. It can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. 

Mental Health First Aid will teach you how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. We’ll help you feel more confident in helping friends, family, colleagues or others in your community who may be experiencing mental ill health. 

Just like First Aid offered to people experiencing a physical health issue, Mental Health First Aid is the help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before professional health is obtained. This training is hugely beneficial to a wide variety of people, including (but not limited to) health workers, teachers, front line public sector, voluntary and community sector workers as well as members of the general public.

Our course, which can be taken over 2 full days or 4 evening sessions, is evidence-based, teaching participants how to recognise the symptoms of mental health problems e.g. depression, anxiety and psychosis.

Topics covered include:

    • What is meant by mental health/mental ill health?
    • Dealing with crisis situations such as suicidal behaviour, self harm, panic attacks and acute psychotic behaviour
    • Recognising the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems including depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis and substance use disorders
    • Where and how to get help
    • Self help strategies

Our hope is that by the end of the course, you will have a greater understanding of mental health problems and how it can impact on individuals and society; you will have developed skill, motivation, knowledge and confidence in offering help to those with symptoms of mental illness; and you will know where to guide people to for appropriate professional help. 

Mental Health First Aid course can be delivered to groups of up to 20 – all participants must be 18+. Free funded places are available if you are based in the Southern HSCT area. Please contact us for further details if you are based in another Trust area.

Contact details

AMH MensSana

T: 028 9442 5356
E: [email protected]

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