Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses with Neil Graves
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the mental health equivalent of physical first aid.
MHFA England training provides participants with the skills and confidence to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues and effectively guide a person towards the right support
MHFA England’s mission is to help people develop the skills to look after their own and others’ wellbeing and reduce the stigma associated with mental ill health.
MHFA is an internationally recognised course, taught in 25 countries around the world. There are now over 2.6 million people trained in MHFA skills worldwide
Did you Know?
One in four people in the UK will experience at least one diagnosable mental health issue in any one year (Health & Social Care Information Centre, 2009)
Suicide is the biggest killer of men aged 20 to 49 (Office for National Statistics, 2015)
Mental ill health is responsible for the largest burden of ill health in the UK, representing 28% of the total burden, compared to 16% for cancer and 16% for heart disease (Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer, 2013)
In 2015/16, 3.2% of UK Armed Forces personnel were assessed with a mental health disorder – over 6,000 people (MOD National and Official Statistics, 2017)
Mental ill health costs UK employers £34.9 billion each year – the equivalent of £1,300 for every employee in the UK workforce. This figure consists of £10.6 billion in sickness absence, £21.2 bilion in reduced productivity, and £3.1 billion in replacing staff who leave their jobs for mental health-related reasons (Centre for Mental Health, 2017)
Stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sickness absence in our society. Work-related stress alone accounted for 45% of all working days lost to ill health in 2015/16 (Health and Safety Executive, 2017)
The most common mental health issues affecting members of the Armed Forces are depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and alcohol misuse (MOD National and Official Statistics, 2017)
A former Army Medic who served a total of 23 years, working in both medical and training throughout my career. Since completing my service I moved into the Education and Training sector, firstly in the logistics sector, where I am well tuned into the needs of businesses when it comes to both training and employee Well-being and now working as a Mental Health Instructor, Management Consultant and assessor.
I have a passion for Mental Health Awareness and training and so after completing the MHFA course in 2019, the next logical step was to offer some of my experiences and skills in delivering the course to others.