ABTT Online Mental Health First Aid Training (4 sessions)

Member’s price £210+VAT

Non-member’s price £210+VAT

This is an online training course. Please enquire at admin@abtt.org.uk if you are interesting in attending or putting a number of your staff on this training.

ABTT Online Mental Health First Aid Training (4 sessions)

Why is it important to have Mental Health First Aiders?

It is a legal requirement to protect your staff against work related stress and support their mental well-being. The  hierarchy of control for physical hazards identifies that the least a workplace can do to protect against remaining risks is provide PPE. Having trained Mental Health First Aiders in the workplace offers a minimum level of protection against remaining risks arising from work related stress in much the same way that we wear a hard hat on a show fit-up to guard against physical injury. The ABTT is offering our Mental Health First Aid training as a way to provide that base line provision – not only around work-related stress, but for mental health and well-being in general.

Why should you take your Mental Health First Aid training with the ABTT?

The ABTT Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is provided by ABTT Co-Chair and MHFA Trainer Mig Burgess Walsh, who brings her lived experience with bipolar disorder to the training she delivers and shares in a positive way her experience navigating mental health services. Mig uses these attributes to help others learn; to reduce stigma around this topic but most importantly to go on to provide support for others. Well known within our Industry, Mig takes great pride in being able to teach using the fantastic course materials from Mental Health First Aid England in the context of working backstage in theatre and live events and the challenges presented by the unique environment in which we work. She adds “I love being a part of people’s journey towards developing a cultural change in their workplace towards mental health.”

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill-health and provide help on a first aid basis. MHFA England training won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis. Adult MHFA England courses are for everyone aged 16 upwards. Every MHFA England course is delivered by a quality assured Instructor Member who has attended our Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, and is trained to keep people safe and supported while they learn.

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. From December 2022 the ABTT will be offering the latest MHFA Course which is four half day sessions online.

A practical skills and awareness course designed to give you:

A deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect people’s well-being, including your own
− Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
− Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
− Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
− Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to appropriate support

How will attending an MHFA England course help?

Research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA England course:
− Raises awareness and mental health literacy
− Reduces stigma around mental ill-health
− Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
− Promotes early intervention which enables recovery

Mental Health First Aid starts with you.

What did previous participants say about attending the course?

I thought the course was extremely well presented and communicated. Mig was very open with her own lived experiences which really helped my understanding.I have done the course before and I just want to say I think the new format is a huge improvement. I don’t feel overwhelmed to learn all about each potential diagnosis like I did last time. The positivity that we can help in almost any given situation without having prior detailed knowledge of every single condition was empowering.

Excellent course and very thorough. I have felt I have learned new skills in order to undertake my role as a MHFA & support my colleagues at work and in the the local community.

How can I participate in this course?

The ABTT runs this course on demand so if you would like to attend this training please do get in touch to let us know. Any upcoming courses can be found here.
Once we have a suitable number of interested attendees we will schedule a course. To enquire please email admin@abtt.org.uk

The cost per person for the online course is:

Member’s price £210+VAT
Non-member’s price £210+VAT

The ABTT also offers this tonline raining to our ISG and Affiliate Members to book for multiple employees at a discounted  rate. This course can be booked for “in house” online training at £2,100+VAT for up to 16 employees.

In person training will be costed based on details supplied regarding location, attendee numbers etc.