Posted on Tue 26 Oct 2021 at 18:35 by Sol Gjøines
Mental Health First Aider Course
After a couple of weeks of learning, I just finished a Mental Health First Aider Course, and I am now officially a Mental Health First Aider! When the opportunity to apply for the MHFA course that UCA offers through MHFA England came up, I wanted to make sure I took it. As someone who deals with their own myriad of mental health issues, I really understand the importance of early intervention, the right support, and last but most definitely not least, non-judgemental empathic listening.
It was really great to brush up on some of my knowledge around mental health, and I will take what I have learned with me into every conversation I have. The course consisted mostly of online classes (with UCA’s lovely Phillipa Nightingale), as well as some independent reading and tasks. The course teaches in depth skills for providing first aid for people who may be experiencing mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and psychosis. Breaking the stigma around mental health is incredibly important - in the words of MHFA England, mental health is something that should be openly discussed and supported.
As a Mental Health First Aider, I am not here to diagnose or give advice - I am here to listen, support and signpost. I am of course always available for a chat, no matter what you want to chat about - but I am now also qualified to provide first aid for people who may be experiencing symptoms of mental health issues. If you ever want to talk to someone, about literally anything you can imagine, please do not hesitate to pop into the office or send me an email, my door is always open!
Take care of yourself! (And remember to take your Vitamin D supplements for the winter).