MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

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May

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid Ireland with funding from the HSE and in partnership with Connect Mental Health are running 5 Mental Health First Aid Courses in Donegal this year. The courses, which runs over two consecutive days from 9.30am – 4.30pm and is free to register for, will take place over the following dates:

20/21  March – Tir Hugh Centre, Ballyshannon (Course Now Fully Subscribed)
20/21  May – Moville Family Resource Centre in Inishowen (Course Now Fully Subscribed)
23/24  June – St Johnston Family Resource Centre (Course Now Fully Subscribed)
12/13   Oct – Dunfanaghy Family Resource Centre (Course Now Fully Subscribed)
18/19   Nov – Portnoo Family Resource Centre (Course Now Fully Subscribed)

 

What is Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the initial help given to someone who is developing a mental health problem or who is in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional support is received or until the crises resolves. The MHFA programme is available in 23 countries worldwide.

Emerging mental health problems covered in the course include: depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance misuse. The course also covers mental health crisis situations including: suicidal thoughts and behaviours, self-harm, panic attacks, traumatic events, severe psychotic states, severe effects of alcohol or other drug use and aggressive behaviours.

Who is it for

Mental health first aid is for everyone. We all have mental health just like we all have physical health. And we could all have the ability to help someone when they may be experiencing a mental health difficulty. You don’t have to be an expert to talk to someone about mental health but Mental Health First Aid has been proven to give individuals more confidence to help others.

Mental health first aid has the potential to help those who may, in their daily lives, come across individuals experiencing mental health difficulties.

This could include people such as those in the caring professions, social care, interested family carers, and line managers, HR personnel, foster parents, pharmacists, teachers or Gardaí. The potential list is endless.

What is Involved

The  course takes place over 2 consecutive full days from 9.30am – 4.30pm. It is free to register for the course with a light lunch, tea, coffee and refreshments provided. The courses will take place in the below venues on the dates outlined.
20/21  March    Tir Hugh Centre, Ballyshannon (Course Now Fully Subscribed)
20/21  May       Moville Family Resource Centre in Inshowen (Course Now Fully Subscribed)
23/24  June      St Johnston Family Resource Centre (Course Now Fully Subscribed)
12/13   Oct       Dunfanaghy Family Resource Centre (Course Now Fully Subscribed)
18/19   Nov       Portnoo Family Resource Centre (Course Now Fully Subscribed)

The sessions use a mix of group work, video content; and PowerPoint and group discussion to support the participants learning.

Courses are limited to 20 persons in order to maintain an optimal learning environment.

You’ll receive a MHFA Standard manual that you can take away with you at the end of the course and also an attendance certificate from MHFA Ireland to say you are now Mental Health First Aider. Only official Mental Health First Aid Ireland courses can provide these.

How Do I Register

Courses are now fully subscribed. If you wish to be added to the wait list please email us on: info@connectmentalhealth.ie