Mental Health First Aid, or First Aid for Mental Health training was developed from a very simple idea - to provide the mental health equivalent of physical first aid.
The regulated First Aid for Mental Health training courses we offer, will teach you how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. These courses lead to a formal qualification and are regulated by Ofqual and the SQA.
The course will not teach or qualify you to diagnose or treat mental health conditions (as this can only be carried out by a healthcare professional), however, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond in an appropriate way, potentially stopping a mental health crisis from happening.
You’ll learn to recognise warning signs and symptoms of someone experiencing mental ill health, and you will develop the skills and confidence to start a supportive conversation with someone you are concerned about, be that in the workplace or in your personal life.
Most importantly, you will learn where to signpost them to get the most appropriate help, should they need it. This could be support groups, their GP, or further reading resources for example. You will be given a First Aid for Mental Health manual which is packed with amazing recourses for you to refer to.
What does a Mental Health First Aider do?
Be the main point of contact for anyone experiencing a mental health issue
Identifying the early signs and symptoms of mental ill-health
Start supportive conversations with someone experiencing a mental health problem
Listen in a non-judgemental manner and provide reassurance
Assess the risk of self-harm and suicide
To signpost and encourage appropriate professional support
Reduce the stigma attached to mental health and promote awareness
Summon for the appropriate emergency services if necessary
To maintain confidentiality and provide an ongoing supportive working environment
At NewbyCore, we are passionate about supporting positive wellbeing in general, and tackling the stigma that still surrounds mental health.