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Armed Forces Community Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course


What will I learn?

Our MHFA for the Armed Forces Community Course you will learn to:

  • Increase your understanding of mental health

  • Increase your personal resilience

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health problem

  • Feel confident helping someone experiencing a mental health problem

  • Provide help on a first aid basis

  • Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others

  • Help stop a mental health problems from getting worse

  • Help someone recover faster

  • Guide someone towards the appropriate support

  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems

  • Increase your understanding of the military culture


In each section you will learn how to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health problem in young people

  • Feel confident helping a young person experiencing a mental health problem

  • Provide help on a first aid basis

  • Help protect a young person who might be at risk of self harm

  • Help prevent a mental health problem from getting worse

  • Help a young person recover faster

  • Guide a young person towards the right support

  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems


How will I learn?

The Armed Forces Community MHFA course usually takes place over two full days. However, the delivery of this course is very flexible and may be delivered over a number of sessions.


The sessions will be a mix of presentations, group discussions and group work activities. Our trainers provide a very safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in certain bits, then don’t, we won’t make you do something you aren’t comfortable with.


Due to some sensitive subjects of our course, including suicide, we limit numbers to 16 people. We want everyone to feel safe and our instructors can help if people find some bits particularly difficult.


You will receive a Armed Forces Community manual that you can take away with you at the end of the course and also an attendance certificate from MHFA England to say that you are now a Armed Forces Community Mental Health First Aider.


Who can attend?

The course is simply for anyone. All we ask is for you to be above 16 yrs of age. This is due to some of the content being quite sensitive and can be upsetting to some. We want to ensure that we create a safe and suitable learning environment for all our attendees.  


How do I book on a course?

Current planned course dates are shown here. For enquiries about course cost or to register your interest in attending a course in the future please contact us here. This will send an email to our administration office who will get in touch with you.  


Please do not book any travel or accommodation until you have received an email from us confirming you have been allocated a place on a course. 


4-5 Apr 19

Well delivered, enjoyed the course.

enjoyed the course, well delivered. I think this course would be well received by a ships company.the instructor was very knowledgeable regarding all subjects.

A very worthwhile course which should be delivered to a wider audience on an annual basis.

The course was very insightful and enjoyable. 

Videos were good!

Steve was great in the way he delivered the subjects with detailed descriptiveness. Very good.

2-3 Apr 19

As a result of this training, I am less likely to judge people with mental health issues negatively.

A good course with a good  level of understanding delivered.

Very well delivered! Informative with enjoyable exercises.

An eyeopener and very worthwhile!

Absolutely outstanding instructor and a very worthwhile course. Thoroughly recommended.

Good informative course.

19-20 Sep 17

Very eye opening and beneficial course, will be of help in my job as a medical assistant.

Approachable instructor.

Long overdue training for the Armed Forces.Very good course and has made me more aware of mental health and the issues involved in mental health.

Instructor passionate and knew knowledge of the subject, which helped stay connected to the subject matter.

Good course.

The instructor is very engaging and passionate about the topic.

Excellent course - I have really got a lot from the course and will definitely recommend to others.

Very well delivered and engaging.

This course has now given me the confidence to deal with mental health.

Good pace and enthusiastic., Leaving confident to deal with incoming mental health issues.

Excellent course, delivered very professionally. Steve has a great way of extracting knowledge from the students.

Very good instructor, thorough and passionate. Very engaging.

24-25 Apr 17

A very useful and worthwhile course.

The instructor had excellent subject knowledge and related well with the class.

Excellent examples given throughout.

Extremely valuable and effective course. Has given me the confidence and skills to deal with mental health issues and how to deal, approach and support people.

A great course, well presented and good course material.

The instructor had a good knowledge of the subject, was engaging with excellent communication and confidence.

I enjoyed the course.

Well paced and extremely well delivered.

Steve is very knowledgeable and managed to draw the answers from the group in discussions with Q&A.

The course length is just right.

Learned some useful tips regarding how to deal with anxiety disorder.

15-16 Feb 17

Very good course. Excellent teaching skills.

This is an excellent course. learnt a lot thank you.

Very knowledgeable instructor who explains with good use of previous knowledge of situations.

Great course, well instructed. Now in a good place to deal with any mental health issues 

Well balanced dealing with theory, practical and group work to reinforce and deepen understanding. Overall very useful and recommended.

Very good clear course! I do feel more capable to deal with combat stress event when they arise. 

4 - 5 Jul 16

An extremely useful and well provided course

Very good instructor

Informative and gave information clearly and invited audience participation

Very informative and enjoyable

Enjoyed the mix of learning materials

Very well presented

A really informative course, thank you

Got everyone involved 

28-29 Apr 16

A very useful course, given me the confidence to assist and help people with mental health problems

Learnt a lot about a subject that i didn't know much about

The instructor had good subject knowledge and was relaxed yet professional

The course is very informative and well delivered in the time frame given

Very interesting, good that the instructor was ex-Army

Very good presentations and an enjoyable relaxing course

13-14 Jan 16

Very clear and knowledgeable instructors

The course was conducted at the correct pitch and enthusiasm for the subject

Very good and very interesting

15-16 Oct 15

The instructor was confident, engaging and knowledgeable.

Great appreciation of wider issues around subject.

The course has helped my confidence and understanding when dealing with mental health issues.

Definitely increased my knowledge and confidence in being able to deal with situations and made me realise there is a lot more to learn. 

7-8 Oct 15

Very interesting and easy to listen to.

This course has helped me to look at people and situations differently.

Excellent delivery, good background knowledge and experience.

5-6 Oct 15

Engaging, knew subject very well. Excellent at using examples to get his point across.

Very knowledgeable and brought humour to what could be a very difficult subject.

I learnt a lot and love feeling more able to help fellow colleagues, acquaintances and family.  

24 - 25 Aug 15

Very good course, placing a great ownership on listening as part of all the processes.

Good course overall, where my knowledge and understanding has been improved considerably.

Excellent videos demonstrating key points, knowledgeable and personable instructor.

Very good course, very informative and honest.

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