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What is Mental Health First Aid

What is Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.
Adult MHFA courses run by Mental Health Now are for everyone. Every MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor who has attended the MHFA for England Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, and is trained to keep people safe and supported while they learn.

Why is mental health important?

Mental health issues are common. Nearly 1 in 5 adults in England reported experiencing symptoms of common mental health issues (such as anxiety, depression and panic) in the previous week1.

Supporting mental health in the workplace is not just a corporate responsibility; staff who have positive mental health are more productive and businesses who promote a progressive approach to mental health can see a significant impact on business performance, so it’s about good business too2.  
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1 McManus, S., Bebbington, P., Jenkins, R., & Brugha, T. (Eds.) (2016). Mental health and wellbeing in England: Adult Psychiatry Morbidity Survey 2014. Leeds: NHS Digital.
2 Dr Justin Varney, National Lead for Adult Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England.
3 Health and Safety Executive (2016). Work-related Stress, Anxiety and Depression statistics in Great Britain.
4 Centre for Mental Health (2017). Mental Health at Work: The business costs ten years on.