Why we deliver First Aid for Mental Health courses is for a number of reasons, but the main one is to initially preserve that person’s life.
I always explain that it is not just their physical life that we want to preserve, it is more than that, much more .. It is their families’ lives, their friends’ lives and those of anyone else connected to them.
The course always starts with an explanation as to what the difference is between mental health, and mental illness. We also address the subject of stigmas, and unconscious bias, as we can hold beliefs and fears on certain mental health subjects which leads to people not wanting to talk or discuss on this subject.
We discuss the different mental health conditions of anxiety, depression, stress, PTSD, schizophrenia, personality disorders, bi polar, eating disorders, as well as self harm, addiction and suicide.
What we as tutors want to do with our years of experience between us, is explain this subject in a way that takes away the fear and gives the individual confidence to have that potentially difficult situation.
Our courses run over 4 hours for the Level1 Awareness, 1 full day for the Level 2 in First Aid for Mental Health and 2 days for the Level 3 Supervising First Aid for Mental Health.
Our aim is to support businesses and individuals to see what help and support can be given at the earliest stage, aiming to prevent the individual finding themselves in need more intensive mental health support.
And the facts regarding Mental Health in the UK is quite alarming….
It’s estimated that 3.25 million people were in contact with these services at some point during 2021/22. This is around around 5.8% of the population, varying from 14.8% of 11-15 year olds and 13.9% of 16-19 year olds to 2.7% of 65-69 year olds.
NHS secondary mental health services Taken from the House Of Commons Library 3/5/23
And that from a survey in around children and young people’s mental health, it was found that 18.0% of children aged 7-16 had a probable mental disorder in 2022, up from 12.1% in 2017. Among those aged 17-19, 10.1% had a probable mental disorder in 2017, rising to 25.7% in 2022
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