Mental Health First Aid (Adult)

Designed for workers and managers to raise awareness and offer practical solutions

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to Identify, Understand and Help a person who may be developing a mental health issue.

Educating people about mental health helps to open up conversations, breaks the stigma and encourages mental health resilience. It also raises awareness of where to go for help, allowing people to recover more quickly. The role of a Mental Health First Aider is to provide support- not councelling or therapy.

So what's in the course...

Participants on MHFA courses come from a wide range of backgrounds, from family members, to employers, people with lived experience of mental ill health, and people who are likely to come into contact with those at risk of mental health issues, such as police, ambulance staff or community workers.

On our Adult MHFA course, you will learn to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health issue
  • Depression and suicidal crisis
  • Anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and self harm
  • Provide help on a first aid basis
  • Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
  • Help stop a mental health issue from getting worse
  • Help someone recover faster
  • Guide someone towards the right support
  • Help reduce the stigma of mental ill health
  • Feel confident in helping someone experiencing a mental health issue

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What our clients say about this course..

We are very proud of the amazing feedback we have received.

Here's how some of our students felt about us and the course...

Neil: Drugs and Alcohol Worker

Liz Cole Head of Health and Safety- Catch 22

We have worked with Oakwood Training for the past four years. Terry’s knowledge has been invaluable in designing courses and operational procedures that help us reduce risks to our staff. I consistently hear great comments from staff who have attended courses and I enjoy working with Terry on the different approaches we need for our diverse range of services.

Catherine Riordan Assistant Director People, Barnardo's Cymru

We had a great experience working with Oakwood Training who listened to our needs and provided a tailor made Introduction to Mental Health Awareness course for our Managers. The Trainers were really engaging and brought a wealth of experience. We are now following up with further Mental Health First Aid Training. I would really recommend Oakwood Training who have been a pleasure to work with.

Roy Clark Director of Retail and Trading, Barnardo's

I would be happy to recommend Oakwood Training for professional, tailored and informative training. Terry and his team have delivered a number of training sessions for Barnardo’s nationwide and we will continue to use their service. They delivered bespoke training programmes to meet our needs and the courses were engaging and well received.

Helen Mather Group Learning and Development Manager - Longhurst Group

Oakwood really understood the issues our staff had in their roles and were able to adapt to this rather than just a generic off the shelf module. All I can say is how pleased I am with the work they have been doing with us, the feedback from staff is not just excellent, but how it adds value to what they are doing.

We feel protecting our staff in their day to day jobs is vital, and as such its vital they are trained effectively, and Oakwood has delivered consistently for us since we have used them, thank you!”

Matthew Posaner Director of People - WM Housing Group

Terry and his Team at Oakwood Training have provided Mental Health Awareness Workshops for the Group. These have been exceptionally well received, providing real insight into the issue, whilst helping Managers develop the tools to support their colleagues in this area. The best thing about working with Oakwood is the knowledge and experience of the Facilitators. I am highly likely to recommend them to others.

Sarah Crawley Director, Barnardo's Cymru

Working with Oakwood training has been an excellent experience from the moment we engaged them through to the actual training sessions being delivered to over 40 of our managers in Barnardo’s Cymru. The session itself was delivered with so much passion and understanding ensuring staff really engaged. Staff are so interested in building on their initial learning we are now looking at mental health first aid training for all our staff. For an introduction to mental health and wellbeing for everyone in the organisation I would thoroughly recommend Oakwood Training.

Danielle Murray Learning and Development Advisor - The Children's Society

Terry was really engaging and approachable. I loved the personal experience and knowledge he had.

Jackie Mason Occupational Health Nurse - Hobson Health

Excellent trainer whose enthusiasm and knowledge for the subject shone through in this interactive and though provoking course.

Lucy Finn Assistant Director People, Barnardos Scotland

Terry and the team delivered 3 mental health and wellbeing training days for managers at Barnardo's Scotland. They were extremely responsive to our requirements and adapted the training to meet the needs of our organisation. Oakwood have an evident enthusiasm and passion for mental health and wellbeing and a willingness and ability to quickly adapt the training programme to suit the audience - the 2nd and 3rd sessions were changed following an astute 'reading' of the audience for the first. I would happily recommend Oakwood to other clients and in fact have done so to internal colleagues who have also gone on to use them for training.

Lord Simon Wolfson CEO, Next

Oakwood's approach to Mental Health training was perfectly pitched for a senior team. The training was engaging, accessible, informative, important and mind-broadening. Terry was an excellent trainer and we came away with much clearer picture of how mental health issues affect people at work. Most of all, the training helped to dispel the stigma and fear of mental health - giving delegates the confidence to recognise some of the symptoms and a desire to do what we can to help people through periods of mental ill-health.

Neil Reader Occupational Health Manager - Hobson Health

Very well received, very useful course which will assist in practice. The trainer was excellent and I would definitely recommend this training to others.

Jason Hodges Health and Safety Advisor - Tamworth Borough Council and Lichfield District Council

Oakwood Training provide brilliant and engaging trainers. The courses are designed so that the delegate is fully involved with lots of group activities and discussion, a great way to learn. It's easy booking courses with the admin team, nothing is too much trouble and courses can be tweaked to suit the group’s needs. The training style is very enjoyable and engaging, I would 100% recommend Oakwood Training.

Claire Hill Project Co-ordinator, Staff Mental Health Pilot - Barnardo's

A superb course. Excellent delivery, topics dealt with sensitively and engagingly. Looking forward to working with you again soon.

Claire Guise Health and Safety Manager - Marie Curie

I have now attended two sessions of training carried out by Terry covering both mental health first aid and personal safety. Terry made both sessions very engaging, thought provoking and fun. The depth of experience and clear passion of the trainer about the subjects covered - very inspirational. I am very likely to recommend Oakwood Training to others and and already have done.

Paula Timms UK Assistant Director, Business Development, Mental Health & Wellbeing

Trainers were very personable, informative, interactive and inspiring.

Jackie Molloy Assistant Director Human Resources - WM Housing Group

I have experienced the Mental Health First Aid training previously and have always found it incredibly informative. What was different about Oakwood training was how they delivered. Terry is clearly an expert in the field but delivers in a way that facilitates empathy and thus brings the learning to life. The classroom element was relaxed yet highly informative and Terry was able to answer any questions we posed. I wouldn't hesitate to work with Oakwood training again

Harriet Shannon Festivals Operation Executive - Oxfam

The service was tailor made to our requests and Terry and Gemma were extremely helpful and friendly. The trainers were engaging and full of relevant life experiences. Both the bespoke Mental Health Awareness and Mental Health First Aid courses they delivered to our staff and volunteers were great. I would encourage Managers to spend their budget on worthwhile investment like staff mental well being and mental health training as there are still so many stigmas attached to mental health.

Keith Crampton Learning and Development Manager- North Hertfordshire District Council

Oakwood have proved a great training provider to work with. Terry always strives to understand the organisation and context of the training. His design and delivery very much hit the mark for us resulting in great initial feedback and subsequently behavioural change. In addition Oakwood are flexible and easy to communicate with.

Gareth Johnson National Operations Manager - Catch 22

The post course follow up information is brilliant Terry, it really finishes off what I believe was an excellent training day. I have received really good feedback from a number of colleagues who said they got a great deal out of the training

Check out "Our Clients"  page to see what they have said about us.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

We know that you and your staff will love this course. Remember, we can alter any content to suit your specific needs to ensure you get the most out of your training. If, for whatever reason, you are unhappy with the course, we will give you a full refund.

What others have asked...

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I really don't know the first thing about mental health problems. Will this course be over my head?

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