Mental Health First Aid

Two of us from Mayfair have just spent two days on a Mental Health First Aid Course, delivered by the Shropshire Independent Advocacy Service (SIAS

Mental ill health can affect every single one of us. There is widespread ignorance of mental ill health in the general population and there is the associated stigma too. For some the stigma can lead to delays in people seeking help and support. There is also a lack of confidence in what to do if someone is distressed or in a crisis situation.

In any one year, approximately 1 in 4 British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem. Mental ill health costs UK employers an estimated £26 billion, which equates to an average of over £1,000 per employee.

By learning to recognise the signs that someone may be unwell, we will now be able to provide the 'right' initial help, to guide a person towards appropriate professional help, and in its most powerful form, save a life by learning basic suicide intervention skills.

The course included:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health problem
  • Feel confident helping someone experiencing a problem
  • Provide help on a first aid basis
  • Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
  • Help stop a mental health problem from getting worse
  • Help someone recover faster
  • Guide someone towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems

I, personally, found the course very informative, although challenging at times. But having the 'right' knowledge and the 'right' skills could really make a difference to somebody experiencing difficulties - and that's the point of it. 

If you are interested in further information, SIAS will be running more local courses throughout the year - or you could contact Mental Health First Aid England directly, for more info

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Happy Mental Health,

best wishes,



Sophie Eades Sophie Eades

Sophie is the Centre Coordinator for Mayfair Community Centre in Church Stretton. website: Facebook:, and we tweet a bit too! Look for @Mayfair_Centre

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