Become a Mental Health First Aider
Ideal for people with an intrinsic interest in supporting mental health and staff with designated responsibilities for this role. This online course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider
An experienced trainer and a licensed MHFA Instructor, Paul is the founder and lead instructor of Lean on Me. Paul formed Lean on Me to use his own lived experience of mental health issues to provide a powerful context to the mental health first aid course devised by MHFA England. He’s driven by his goal to make sure that everyone has someone to lean on in their time of need.
Mental health awareness has been steadily gaining recognition since the inception of the Mental Health Foundation (originally the Mental Health Research fund) in 1949.
Fast-forward 70 years and now events such as Mental Health Awareness Week, Mental Health Awareness Month and charities such as ‘Mind’ are household names, with thousands of people attending events and raising money every year. Despite this, there is still a lot of stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health and those who suffer from mental health issues.
What can you do to help?
You don’t need to have a healthcare background or any previous qualifications to become an accredited mental health first aider, but an interest in supporting the wellbeing of those around you is ideal.
By educating yourself and knowing the facts surrounding mental health and discrimination, you are in a key position to also educate others. Doing a Mental Health First Aid course is the first step to gaining access to information and resources to provide emotional support and practical help to those who might need it.
How do you become a mental health first aider?
The Lean on Me ‘Become a Mental Health First Aider’ online course will fully qualify those who complete it to be a certified and accredited mental health first aider.
- The course is delivered over 2 days, usually with a break of 24 hours between the two days. The 2 days are divided into four live training sessions and delivered through the MHFA England Online Learning Hub.
- Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan.
- With numbers limited to 16 people per course, you can expect personalised sessions and a safe and supporting learning environment.
What can you expect to learn from our online course?
After becoming accredited in mental health first aid through this course, you can expect to bring the following skills with you:
- An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect personal wellbeing.
- Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health distress, as well as encouraging early intervention.
- Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress.
- Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening, practicing empathy and compassion.
- Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix.
- Our training also provides guidance on dealing with remote working, which has become more prevalent since the pandemic and post lockdowns.
On Course Completion
Everyone who completes the course can expect to receive:
- A certificate of attendance to say you are a Mental Health First Aider.
- A manual to refer to whenever you need it, including the MHFA five step action plan.
- A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan.
- A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health.
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About Lean On Me
Paul Cooper founded Lean On Me Training to promote mental health awareness and education throughout corporate and social environments.
Lean On Me is on a mission to promote mental health awareness and positive support in businesses and within the general community and to educate those who wish to support others in quality first line intervention.
We’re doing this by providing the most informative and engaging training on the challenging subjects of mental health. Our trainers are selected for their experience in providing first line support and for their background in high quality training delivery.
Our founder is Paul Cooper, and he’s driven by his first-hand experiences with mental health through his career. Paul suffered with deep depression and associated mental illnesses throughout his career but did not recognise or know how to deal with what he was facing. He openly talks about his journey to recovery through his dark days to bring to life the process of applying mental health first aid in a live environment.
Lean On Me has delivered online courses since 2020 and has had hundreds of delegates successfully achieve their accreditation. We also provide consultancy to businesses who have been motivated to instigate wellbeing programmes within the workplace and who wish to actively support valuable employees with a myriad of mental health issues.