Mental Health Courses in Halifax

I am delivering two training courses at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre in Halifax: MHFA Lite – Half day Introduction to Mental Health Tuesday 29th August 2017 1pm-5pm Edit – unfortunately I have had to cancel this session – but there are others in Leeds & Hebden Bridge in October (see booking pages below) MHFA LiteContinue reading “Mental Health Courses in Halifax”

Who should do MHFA? Part 1: Barbers, Hairdressers, Beauticians…

I got married a few years ago. If you’ve met me or my husband we might have mentioned it. It was awesome. Stressful, scary, and really hard work, but awesome. There are lots of things mental health related that I could talk about from that day, and the period before and after, but one thingContinue reading “Who should do MHFA? Part 1: Barbers, Hairdressers, Beauticians…”

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) – which course(s) are right for you?

I’ve just started scheduling courses, so thought I would write something to help people decide which course would be most suitable for their needs. MHFA England have a range of options, which is constantly being developed – other countries have other options, which hopefully we may catch up with at some point. In order toContinue reading “Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) – which course(s) are right for you?”

When life spills over the edge – can you help?

I mentioned a few posts ago how the Stress Bucket is an easy analogy for how we deal with the pressures of life – and how when things get too much, and our usual coping mecanisms cease to be a match for our concerns, that this can lead us to develop emotional / mental healthContinue reading “When life spills over the edge – can you help?”

Making a difference – MHFA at Leeds Mencap

It dawned on me with some surprise that I’ve been an MHFA trainer for over two years now – I’ve run around 18 courses I think, in Leeds, London, Burnley. I’ve had three different co-trainers, and also run some sessions alone.  Varying sized groups, each one different and with its own unique discussions and lessonsContinue reading “Making a difference – MHFA at Leeds Mencap”

All things to all men

I keep saying to myself that I will do a bit of a reflective wash up after each course – to think about what I have learnt, what went well, what didn’t, what could be improved. So. Here I go. I just ran a course on the 19th & 20th August – in my workplace.Continue reading “All things to all men”

Mental Health First Aid Training – Hebden Bridge – September 2015 – Cancelled

*** Update*** Unfortunately I have had to cancel this course due to low interest – I will be arranging something else in the Calderdale area in the future so please get in touch if you are interested. I am pleased to announce an MHFA training course later this year in my home town of HebdenContinue reading “Mental Health First Aid Training – Hebden Bridge – September 2015 – Cancelled”

Listening to Hear

Listening is at the core of Mental Health First Aid. Listening is the most important thing any of us can do for another. It is the first thing a baby needs its parents to do. Listen, take notice, understand what it needs. If the baby cries, and the mother assumes it is hungry, but infactContinue reading “Listening to Hear”

Holistic Health

MHFA recognises there are many different ways to improve our emotional wellbeing. Sometimes that might mean medication, sometimes talking therapies – but there are also a wide range of alternative therapies, and strategies for improving our coping skills which may be of use in our recovery journeys. Some of them may have great bodies ofContinue reading “Holistic Health”

Mental Health First Aid – a massively important programme

I first heard of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) some years ago at a Mental Health and Disabilities conference in London. I picked up a flyer which showed what a particular regional organisation was doing and a little about this training they were rolling out which aimed at bringing a “first aid” approach to the helpingContinue reading “Mental Health First Aid – a massively important programme”