MHFA (Mental Health First Aid)


What is a mental health problem?

Mental health problems cover a wide range of issues - including stress, anxiety depression and substance abuse - that affect someone’s ability to get on with their daily life. The most common mental disorder in Britain is mixed anxiety and depression, with almost 9% of people meeting the criteria for diagnosis*.

*Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report (2001)

Why mental health problems affect us all

Early intervention can help slow down or stop a mental health problem and lead to faster recovery. However most of us know little about mental health. We often don’t spot the signs that someone else - or ourselves - is struggling until very late. An MHFA course will teach you to recognise the early signs of a mental health problem, and give you the confidence and knowledge to help.

The financial cost of mental health problems is huge:

  • The overall cost of mental health problems in England stands at £105.2 billion a year, (taking into account care costs, sickness absence and unemployment).*
  • Stress, anxiety and depression are responsible for 70 million days sick leave every year.*
  • In 2003 research by the Sainsbury’s Centre for Mental Health showed that staff with mental illness not being supported cost UK businesses a total of £26bn per year – equivalent to £1,035 for every employee in the UK workforce.
  • For 2009/10 updated figures estimate that the cost to UK businesses is now £30.3 billion a year – equivalent to £1206 per employee.

* The Centre for Mental Health (2010)

What will I learn on an MHFA course?

An MHFA course will teach you to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health problem
  • Feel confident helping someone experiencing a problem
  • Provide help on a first aid basis
  • Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
  • Help stop a mental illness from getting worse
  • Help someone recover faster
  • Guide someone towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems

MHFA training is an intensive course, delivered over 2 days, aimed at those without specialist mental health training.

  • "I have a much better understanding of how other people may be feeling."
  • "Given me confidence and more empathy towards mental health issues."
  • "In 13 years as a police officer I didn’t learn as much as I did in the last 2 days."

For more information please contact:

Grace Walsh: Health Ministries, Community Services & Disability Ministries

Director, North England Conference on 0115 960 6312

email: gwalsh@necadventist.org.uk

mobile: 07791 230 043