Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental illness each year. In 2016, 15.8 million UK work days were lost due to mental illness.*St John Ambulance is working with Mental Health First Aid England to provide courses which will help raise awareness of mental health, enabling people to support themselves and others to aid recovery. Our courses are designed to cut stigma through education and increase the provision of care for those who have a mental illness.

Developed by Mental Health First Aid England, this two-day course qualifies delegates as mental health first aiders. Delegates will get a deep understanding of what mental health is and what factors can affect wellbeing. The course teaches delegates practical skills to spot the signs of mental illness and gives them the confidence to step in and support a person who needs assistance.

This course is ideal for those who want to gain the necessary skills to have a non-judgmental conversation, recognise the signs and
symptoms of common mental health issues and effectively guide a person towards the right support.


  • Why Mental Health First Aid?
  • What is depression?
  • What is mental health?
  • Impact of mental health issues
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • The Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • Symptoms of depression•Risk factors for depression
  • Depression in the workplace
  • Suicide figures
  • Alcohol, drugs and mental health
  • First aid to assist a suicidal crisis
  • Non-judgemental listening skills
  • First aid for depression
  • Treatment and resources for depression
  • Self-care
  • What is an anxiety disorder?
  • First aid for anxiety disorders

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