Mental Health First Aid Training from Advance Brighter Futures


Advance Brighter Futures are running two Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses this March.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

Adult MHFA courses are for everyone aged 16 upwards and are relevant for the general population.

Every MHFA is delivered by a quality assured instructor, who has attended the seven-day instructor training accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health and is trained to keep people safe and supported while they learn.

What will I learn on a two-day MHFA course?

Our MHFA instructors deliver training in four manageable chunks, each with a focus on how to apply Mental Health First Aid skills:

Session 1

Mental Health First Aid, mental health, and depression.

Session 2

Depression (cont.) and suicidal crisis.

Session 3

Anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and self-harm.

Session 4

Psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Everyone who attends the course will receive a copy of the MHFA manual and workbook, which are both excellent support resources. When you have completed the course, you will also receive a certificate to confirm that you are a trained Mental Health First Aider.

How will becoming a Mental Health First Aider help?

Learning takes place through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions. The two-day course for Mental Health First Aiders offers practical skills and awareness designed to give you:

  • A deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect people’s wellbeing, including your own
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to appropriate support

Independent research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA course:

  • Raises awareness and mental health literacy
  • Reduces stigma around mental ill health and feel confident guiding people towards appropriate support
  • Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
  • Encourages people to start a conversation with a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue
  • Promotes early intervention which enables recovery

MHFA training won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis.

When and where is the course running?

The course will be held over two days at a choice of two separate dates and venues:

Course 1

  • Day one: Thursday 19th March 2020, 9:00am-5.30pm
  • Day two: Friday 20th March 2020, 9:00am-5.30pm
  • Venue: Wirral Hospice St John’s | Mount Road | Higher Bebington | Wirral CH63 6JE

Course 2

  • Day one: Wednesday 25th March 2020, 9:00am-5.30pm
  • Day two: Thursday 26th March 2020, 9:00am-5.30pm
  • Venue: The Unity Centre | 17 Cuppin Street | Chester CH1 2BN

How much is it?

Our charity is passionate about promoting good mental health and want as many people as possible to access our training. As such, we can provide this full two-day training at a one-off subsidised rate of £150.00 per person (as opposed to the recommended £220.00 per person).

How do I reserve a place?

Tickets can be purchased online for Course 1 and Course 2 via our Golden Giving pages. You can also contact our office on 01978 364777 or [email protected] and be invoiced by our finance department. When booking, please ensure that you provide a name, email address and organisation details for each attendee.

Please note: It is essential that bookings are placed no later than Thursday 12th March 2020 for Course 1 and Wednesday 18th March 2020 for Course 2. No lunch is provided although food can be pre-ordered from The Hub Café in Wirral Hospice St John’s, while several eateries are within walking distance of The Unity Centre.

For enquiries about future courses or in-house training, please feel free to contact us on the above details.


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