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Mental Health First Aid Course
Learn skills recognizing signals and symptoms of mental health problems
Online course and app
12 hours given in two days of 6 hours or 4 hours online
This course can be provided in company for managers, employees of HRM departments but certainly also for teams. Identifying mental health problems and making them discussable does not have to be limited to managers. Colleagues can also do a lot for a co-worker who is over-stimulated or who develops mental health problems. The important thing is that there is room to engage in a conversation, that someone feels seen and heard and feels safe enough to discuss their problems. Then there is also room to look for possible solutions together. It can also be a relief for the other person to be able to share problems with someone or to find someone who is willing to listen. An open atmosphere in which potential problems can be discussed without judgment helps to create a healthy and vital company culture.
WHY MHFA? Mental health problems are common. Everyone comes into contact with it; in your family, in your circle of friends, at work or at school. Lack of knowledge of mental health problems and not knowing what to do makes that help comes late or that no help is provided. Due to all kinds of prejudices about mental health problems, the threshold for making contact or seeking help is high. MHFA can help lower this threshold in order to seek and find suitable help at an early stage.
After following the course:
- you understand more about the factors that have a major impact on mental health;
- you have learned skills that you can use in your daily life, such as recognizing signals
- and symptoms of mental health problems;
- you know that you can refer people to the right help;
- you know what to do when someone is in crisis.
Independent research has shown that following the course:creates more awareness about mental health;
- reduces the stigma surrounding mental health problems;
- increases the knowledge about mental health problems and how to deal with these
- encourages people to have a conversation with someone who may have mental health
- increases early intervention, making recovery possible.
You are not going to treat or diagnose. You will not learn how to be a psychiatrist, psychologist or therapist. You do learn how to recognize signals and symptoms and how to offer first aid, how to make genuine contact and to start a conversation non judgmentally.