Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace

East Sussex Training & Development Centre (St Mary's House), St Mary's House, St Leonard's Road
Admin Contact
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Target Audience
All users
target audience
Course Types
Course categories
ESCC Directly Provided Services / ESCC Staff / Health and Wellbeing
Health and Wellbeing / Mental Health
Course description

‘Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in the Workplace’ is a two day accredited training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help their ESCC colleagues who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone whilst keeping yourself safe.

The course covers how to support someone to access the resources they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and much more.

It is essential that your line manager is made aware of the following at the time of, and before approving, your application.

What managers are agreeing to when approving their staff member’s attendance on this course:

  •  To releasing your staff member for the two day training course and any post training support sessions (an average of two sessions per year lasting approximately two hours each).

  • To releasing your staff member for related meetings and/or training (approximately 3 per year lasting approximately 90 minutes).

  • Allowing time to support colleagues when needed (often at short notice).

Training objectives

You will gain:

  • An in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing.

  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and sign of mental health issues.

  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a colleague in distress.

  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as active listening.

  • Knowledge to help a colleague recover their health by guiding them to further support.

Learning outcomes

What you are committing to:

• Undertaking the accredited training and any additional training (where required) to acquire and maintain your MHFA certificate.

• Becoming part of the pool of accredited MHFAers and providing mental health first aid within your workplace as needed, at your level of competence and training.

• Being able to be called away from your normal duties at short notice if required.

• Maintaining confidentiality and boundaries as appropriate

• Acting as a Mental Health Champion and partaking in ad-hoc wellbeing events (when required and dependent on needs of the service);

• Partaking in post training support, meetings, wellbeing/service updates and ad-hoc events as required/directed

• taking reasonable care for their own health, safety and wellbeing whilst at work

For more information about the support you can expect to receive and what you’re committing to, please refer to the attached supporting guidance and commitments document by clicking on the "attached document" at the top of this page.



Additional Information

We have completed a Covid-19 risk assessment on the Training Centre Rooms and mitigating actions are in place. If you are at a high risk of Covid-19 please complete an Individual Covid-19 Risk Assessment with your manager and send to at least one week before the course date.

Please bring an extra layer of clothing as training centre windows may be opened for ventilation

Please note, parking around St Mary’s House is limited.

Corporate Training offer a selection of hot drinks and biscuits.

Start Date
Tuesday 28 June 2022
End Date
Thursday 30 June 2022
Closing Date
Monday 27 June 2022
09:30 - 17:00
Maximum Places
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Number of Sessions
 East Sussex Training & Development Centre (St Mary's House), St Mary's House
Start Date
Tuesday 28 June 2022
 09:30 - 17:00
 East Sussex Training & Development Centre (St Mary's House), St Mary's House
Start Date
Thursday 30 June 2022
 09:30 - 17:00