Frequently Asked Questions

Why should we invest in mental health in the workplace?
Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental illness each year. In 2016, 15.8 million UK work days were lost due to mental illness. The largest causes of sickness absence for our county’s workforce is depression, stress, and anxiety. Mental illness costs UK businesses around £35 billion every year, this equates to £10.6 billion lost to sickness absence, £21.2 billion in reduced productivity, and £3.1 billion in substituting staff members who vacate their roles due to mental illness.
Do Mental Health First Aid courses work?
Independent research and evaluation shows that taking part in a MHFA course raises awareness of mental illnesses, encourages early intervention to aid recovery, increases confidence in dealing with mental illnesses and reduces stigma. Research suggests that improving UK workplace mental health management could reduce employers’ losses attributed to mental illness by 30%, collectively saving £8 billion a year.
Why become a Mental Health First Aid First Aider?
Becoming a Mental Health First Aid First Aider on our 2-day course will increase your mental health awareness and give you the skills necessary to have a non-judgmental conversation, recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues and effectively guide a person towards the right mental health support. You will also gain an in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing, as well as practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental illness and the confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress.
Why choose Wise Mind Training Ltd?
All instructors delivering Mental Health First Aid courses are approved and accredited by MHFA England and are DBS checked. We have extensive training experience and come from a variety of sectors. We have a passion for reducing stigma and empowering people to thrive with or without mental health issues. We provide first class training at a competitive rate.
How much do the Mental Health First Aid courses cost?
Mental Health First Aid England give some guidance on the cost but this is negotiable. Please give us a call or email us and we will work with you to meet your needs.
Are there any legal requirements to have mental health first aiders in the workplace?
Although it is not yet a legal requirement to have Mental Health First Aiders in the workplace the Health and Safety Executive says: “You should consider ways to manage mental ill health in your workplace which are appropriate for your business, such as providing information or training for managers and employees, employing occupational health professionals, appointing mental health trained first aiders and implementing employee support programmes.
Do I need prior knowledge of mental health to attend the two-day course?
No, no prior knowledge or experience is required.
What resources will I receive on the courses?
Delegates on the two and one day courses will receive a manual, workbook and aide memoire. All delegates receive a certificate.
How long are the certificates valid for, will I need to take a refresher?
At the moment there isn’t a refresher, however this is likely to change and it is anticipated that it will be a three yearly refresher.
Is there an age restriction on who can take the course?
Yes, delegates must be aged 16 years or above.
How and what will I learn?
Learning takes place through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions. What you learn will depend on the length of course you attend.
Is there an assessment?
No. There isn’t a formal assessment however you must attend all sessions in order to obtain a certificate.

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If you're interested in booking a mental health first aid course, or looking to improve health and wellbeing in your workplace, please do get in touch. We'd love to chat!
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