All prices are subsidised by the Big Communitea. We do this to encourage as many people as possible to be trained in these life saving skills.

Two Day – Mental Health First Aiders

£125 pp

One Day – Course MHFA Champions

£85 pp

Half Day – Mental Health Aware

£65 pp

Mental Health First Aid Refresher

£45 pp

Safe Talk Suicide Prevention

£65 pp

Why Book with The Big Communitea?

Our Qualified instructors all have lived experience of Mental Health, which gives a real insight into what it is really like to live with depression, psychosis, and suicidal thoughts, to name a few. This includes the issues and isolation that can go with them.

This level of experience will give you, your staff, family, or friends a different outlook on what it means to have a mental health condition.

The Big Communitea is a registered Charity. We wear our hearts on our sleeves. Having a mental health condition or just living with the stigma of it, can have a devastating effect on an individual and the people around them. Every penny from the Mental Health First Aid courses goes to support the Charity

We are the first Charity in the country to be commissioned by an NHS Trust to provide a Mental Health Support Line using qualified Mental Health First Aiders. We give support, advice, and signpost to appropriate or alternative care.

We have provided training to staff from the NHS, North Yorkshire and South Yorkshire Police, York University, numerous GP practices and 300 front-line staff. We also trained over 30 people in our local community free of charge to make sure we had a good support network in the Selby district and surrounding areas. Some of the Mental Health First Aiders now take the calls on the Mental Health Support Line.

Learning about and becoming a Mental Health First Aider could one day save a life.

If you need any more information, please drop us a line.

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 an 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: Two Day – Mental Health First Aiders. A practical skills and awareness course designed to give you a deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect a person’s wellbeing, 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 show 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.

One Day – Course MHFA Champions

An awareness and skills course which will teach you to:

Recognise the main signs and symptoms of common mental health issues. Provide initial support. Guide a person towards appropriate

professional help. Be mindful of your own wellbeing. Develop an understanding of how you can create and maintain a healthier workforce or community.

Two Day – Mental Health First Aiders

This is the Rolls Royce of the mental health courses.

A practical skills and awareness course designed to provide:-

A deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect a person’s wellbeing, 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. Research and evaluation show 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

Refresher

We believe that mental health should be treated equally to physical health. And just like physical First Aid, Mental Health First Aid training should be kept up to date. If you are a Mental Health First Aider or MHFA Champion,

take the MHFA Refresher Course every three years to:

Keep your awareness of mental health support current. Update your knowledge of mental health and what influences it. Practice applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan.

This is a four-hour session with a mix of presentations, discussions, and activities. So, if it’s time to update your skills, book onto the MHFA Refresher

now and feel confident you’re performing your vital role safely.

Safe Talk

Safe Talk is a half-day training course that can help you make a difference. Know what to do if someone is suicidal by following the easy to remember TALK steps – Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep-safe. These practical steps offer immediate help to someone having thoughts of suicide, and helps you both move forward to connect with more specialised support.

The training outcomes

• Identify people thinking of suicide overcome barriers to talk about suicide

• Identify reasons we may miss, dismiss or avoid suicide

• Apply the 4 step model of suicide alertness (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep-safe)

• Connect people at risk with further help.

Half Day – Mental Health Aware

An introductory course designed to increase mental health awareness, and give an understanding of how to look after wellbeing and challenge stigma.

When you complete your course, you will get a certificate of attendance and a manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it.

Connect 5

5 steps to mental wellbeing

Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.

1.

Connect with other people

Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. They can:

help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth

give you an opportunity to share positive experiences

provide emotional support and allow you to support others

There are lots of things you could try to help build stronger and closer relationships:

Do

if possible, take time each day to be with your family, for example, try arranging a fixed time to eat dinner together

arrange a day out with friends you have not seen for a while

try switching off the TV to talk, or play a game with your children, friends or family

have lunch with a colleague

visit a friend or family member who needs support or company

volunteer at a local school, hospital or community group. Find out how to volunteer on the GOV.UK website

make the most of technology to stay in touch with friends and family. Video-chat apps like Skype and FaceTime are useful, especially if you live far apart.

Search and download online community apps on the NHS apps library

Don’t

do not rely on technology or social media alone to build relationships. It’s easy to get into the habit of only ever texting, messaging or emailing people

2.

Be physically active

Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence also shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing by:

raising your self-esteem

helping you to set goals or challenges and achieve them

causing chemical changes in your brain, which can help to positively change your mood

Do

Find out more about getting active

find free activities to help you get fit

if you have a disability or long-term health condition, find out about getting active with a disability

start running with couch to 5k podcasts

find out how to start swimming, cycling, or dancing

find out about getting started with exercise

 

Don’t

do not feel that you have to spend hours in a gym. It’s best to find activities you enjoy and make them a part of your life

3.

Learn new skills

Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by:

boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem

helping you to build a sense of purpose

helping you to connect with others

Even if you feel like you do not have enough time, or you may not need to learn new things, there are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life.

Some of the things you could try include:

Do

try learning to cook something new. Find out about healthy eating and cooking tips

try taking on a new responsibility at work, such as mentoring a junior staff member or improving your presentation skills

work on a DIY project, such as fixing a broken bike, garden gate or something bigger. There are lots of free video tutorials online

consider signing up for a course at a local college. You could try learning a new language or a practical skill such as plumbing

try new hobbies that challenge you, such as writing a blog, taking up a new sport or learning to paint

Don’t

do not feel you have to learn new qualifications or sit exams if this does not interest you. It’s best to find activities you enjoy and make them a part of your life

4.

Give to others

Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by:

creating positive feelings and a sense of reward

giving you a feeling of purpose and self-worth

helping you connect with other people

It could be small acts of kindness towards other people, or larger ones like volunteering in your local community.

Some examples of the things you could try include:

saying thank you to someone for something they have done for you

asking friends, family, or colleagues how they are and really listening to their answer

spending time with friends or relatives who need support or company

offering to help someone you know with DIY or a work project

volunteering in your community, such as helping at a school, hospital or care home

5.

Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)

Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.

Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Read more about mindfulness, including steps you can take to be more mindful in your everyday life.