Mental Health First Aid
Mental health training for everyone
Front line workers in Wales often have to deal with people with experience of mental distress but lack the skills and confidence to support them appropriately. With one in four of us affected by mental health problems each year, service providers across Wales are being offered a new short training course to deal more effectively with these challenges.
In an ambitious new project, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, Mind Cymru is training trainers to teach Mental Health First Aid throughout Wales. Mental Health First Aid was developed in Australia and is being rolled out in Scotland, Canada, England and Northern Ireland.
The 12 hour course does not train you to be a therapist, counsellor or mental health professional. It will teach you to:
- give initial help to someone experiencing a mental health problem
- deal with a crisis situation or the first signs of someone developing mental ill health
- guide people towards appropriate help.