Mental Health

Rosedale Training runs professional Mental Health First Aid courses designed to teach people within businesses and organisations how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

Director Anne Beckett-Allen said: “As an employer myself, we support staff members who live with depression, anxiety and insomnia. We’ve always tried to create a supportive environment to support staff well-being but we wanted to be able to provide something more – to be proactive in having conversations about poor mental health and break down some of the myths around it, so that people feel more open discussing it.“

One in four people in the UK are affected by a mental health condition at some point in their life and Rosedale Training believes support should be available at the same level as it would be for a physical illness. “Employers have to invest in having a minimum number of physical first aiders within a business and it’s my dream that this will extend to include mental health first aiders as well, ” Anne added, “since my dad passed away I’ve had to learn to ride the waves of depression myself so it’s been a very personal journey for me as well.”

Anne, who is a director of Rosedale Funeral Home and a trustee of the charity Nelson’s Journey, became an instructor for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA England) after learning that there weren’t any courses available in South Norfolk or North Suffolk.

The courses are accredited by MHFA England, part of a global movement aimed at improving knowledge of mental illnesses and developing effective strategies to guide individuals towards appropriate assistance.

Mental ill health costs UK employers an estimated £34.9 billion each year – the equivalent of £1,300 for every employee in the UK workforce. Simple steps to improve the management of mental health in the workplace can make a huge difference to everyone’s well-being.

We have training options to suit a range of timescales and budgets, from mental health awareness sessions to a full Mental Health First Aider qualification.  They are designed to benefit employees, line managers, Human Resources professionals, Occupational Heath workers and senior leaders alike – to let all your people meet the challenges of the workplace head on.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training courses teach people to spot the symptoms of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide a person towards support.

One-day adult MHFA Champion

Our one-day mental health awareness and skills course qualifies you as an MHFA Champion.

MHFA Champions have:

  • An understanding of common mental health issues
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
  • Ability to spot signs of mental ill health
  • Skills to support positive wellbeing

Two-day adult MHFA

This professional two-day Mental Health First Aid course enables you to gain the skills to give you a deeper understanding of the issues around mental health and how to offer support.

We don’t teach people to be therapists, but we do teach people to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

Two-day Youth MHFA

This course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Youth Mental Health First Aiders have:

  • An in depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix – engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate
  • Ability to support a young person with a long-term mental health issue or disability to thrive
  • Tools to look after their own mental wellbeing

 We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.

Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, the courses are built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan.

Everyone who completes either course gets an MHFA manual to keep and refer to whenever they need it, and a certificate to say they are either an Mental Health First Aid Champion, or an Adult or Youth Mental Health First Aider.

You’ll also get a copy of the Line Managers’ Resource, an invaluable source of advice on how to support an employee experiencing mental ill health.

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