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Why do we need mental health first aiders?

Being a Mental Health First Aider means you will be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of poor mental health. This training teaches you how to approach, listen, give support and encouragement. All this support works to promote positive mental health and self-care and potentially avoids or limits sickness and absences in the process.  

Mental Health First Aiders are trained to offer comfort and support in a crisis. As a Mental Health First Aider you will be able to support people who already have a Mental Health diagnosis and people who have not. The resources we give you assist you whilst learning and are there for you to use in your role. Mental health problems are not as frightening as most people think. When a person has a mental health problem, what they need most is someone who can: listen calmly to their feelings and fears and offer support and encouragement.

Fusion Occupational Health now offer the widely recognised Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training courses. This training will enable you to build a team of Mental Health First Aiders.  

Through a blend of instructor-led live sessions and self-learning activities, your employees will:

Develop practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues

Gain confidence to reassure and support a person in distress

Learn how to guide them to further support for recover

Our training teaches your colleagues to listen, reassure, respond, and support employees who may be experiencing a mental health problem.

After sitting this course our delegates have experienced:

58% rise in confidence

54% increase in knowledge

95% of our candidates said that they would recommend the course to others.

Comments from our delegates:

I am absolutely blown away with the knowledge and confidence that I have gained from the course. The content and delivery was really clear and easy to understand thank you so much. They worked really well as a team thank you again!.

Honestly what I've learnt through this course is amazing. Not only to try and help or assist with others but for my own mental health too! Now have so much more knowledge and confidence when talking to someone who has poor mental health.  I would highly recommend this course to EVERYONE. Not just in a professional manner.  Nicola & Andrew were fab, thanks guys!

I really enjoyed this course, I am so glad I was asked to do this. I think in the current climate and studying this course whilst at home was amazing. Everyone got involved, obviously doing the course in a classroom would have been better to interact but I felt as though both instructors were very clear, made it relatable to themselves and their own lives. I am most definitely going to read over the books again in more detail.

To find out more about how we can help you to build an effective team of Mental Health First Aiders please contact us on

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