09 Feb Andrew Allison qualifies as a Mental Health First Aider
Andrew Allison successfully completed his two day MHFA Mental Health First Aid course this week and is now a qualified Mental Health First Aider.
MHFA’s mission is to train one in ten of the population in England in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) skills – because we all have mental health.
Mental health education empowers people to care for themselves and others. By reducing stigma through understanding, they hope to break down barriers to the support that people may need to stay well, recover, or manage their symptoms – to thrive in learning, work and life.
MHFA training courses were first developed in Australia in 2000. In the years since, it has evolved into a global movement with licensed programmes in 24 countries and counting. Over two million people have been trained in MHFA skills worldwide.
MHFA came to England in 2007 and was launched under the Department of Health: National Institute of Mental Health in England (NIMHE) as part of a national approach to improving public mental health.
In 2009 we became a community interest company which allows us to be fully self-funded. We have since expanded our product range to offer tailored courses for supporting young people, students in higher education, people with learning disabilities, and the Armed Forces community, as well as the general adult population.
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Andrew is Thomas Interiors our first qualified Mental Health First Aider and we hope to have others join him soon.
Andrew Allison said
“Having been aware of the growing awareness regarding mental health in the workplace I was keen to get an understanding of the scale of the problem and source a training programme which could help. It was a cause for concern to learn that the biggest killer of men from the ages of 18 to 45 was suicide, over 8000, the majority of them having no previous diagnosed mental condition. Of the 8000 or so, a 1000 of that figure work in construction.
I found the MHFA course to be extremely insightful showing examples of signs to look for with an outline guide to being a first responder in what to say and do. First Aid for the mind injury if you wish. I look forward to promoting good Mental Health practises within Thomas Interiors and will looking to expand my training with further courses.”