One person in four will experience some form of problem with their mental health in the course of a year.

Cost: £100 to SCVS member organisations.

Mental health problems are common, especially depression, anxiety and misuse of alcohol and other drugs. One person in four will experience some form of problem with their mental health in the course of a year. There is a stigma associated with mental health problems which may hinder people from seeking help, many people are not well informed and help is not always on hand, especially when the problem first arises.

MHFA (Wales) is a 12 hour course developed and supported by the Welsh Government in partnership with other organisations, including Public Health Wales and Mind Cymru. MHFA has spread to more than 20 countries worldwide. The idea of MHFA is that people should be taught how to perform basic ‘first aid’ for those exhibiting signs of mental distress, just as they are commonly taught first aid for physical problems. MHFA improves mental health literacy and helps people to recognise the signs and symptoms of someone with mental health problems; to respond to various mental health crises, engage with, support and signpost people to appropriate professional help.

MHFA aims to help participants to:

  • Preserve life
  • Provide help to prevent the mental health problem or crisis developing into a more serious state.
  • Promote the recovery of good mental health.
  • Provide comfort to a person experiencing distress
  • Promote understanding of mental health issues

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