What is Mental Health First Aid?

    Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the initial help given to someone who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional support is received or until the crises resolves.

    The MHFA course is a 12-hour course (4 modules, each 3 hours, delivered over 2 days) that teaches people how to assist someone who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective. They will learn a framework for communication, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person towards appropriate treatments and other supportive help.


    Emerging mental health problems covered include:
    ✓ Depression
    ✓ Anxiety
    ✓ Psychosis
    ✓ Substance Misuse

    Mental health crises covered include:
    ✓ Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
    ✓ Self-harm
    ✓ Panic attacks
    ✓ Traumatic events
    ✓ Severe psychotic states
    ✓ Severe effects of alcohol or other drug use
    ✓ Aggressive behaviours


    Course Format:

    The course will de delivered by Mental Health First Aid Ireland (MHFAI), the format caters for all learning styles with opportunities to participate, discuss scenario and practice skills. The MHFAI instructors will provide a comfortable learning environment and are trained to support your participation and learning. Course participants receive a copy of the MHFA Manual and a Certificate of Completion.


    Equuip have scheduled a number of training days throughout 2021, the course, which will be delivered remotely, is held over two days and will run from 2pm - 8pm each day.


    2022 dates to be released soon.


    If you would like to take part on the course, please express your interest using the form below and we will be in touch, you must work in the Irish Racing and Breeding industry to be eligible for this course. Applicants should note that while we will try to facilitate all applicants on their preferred date, we might not be in a position to do so:   

    Your personal data will be collected and handled in accordance with our privacy policy.
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