MHFA Armed Forces

An estimated 10% of the community have previously or are currently serving in the Armed Forces.  The most common mental health problems for ex-Service personnel are alcohol problems, depression and anxiety disorders.  • In terms of the prevalence of mental disorders, ex-Service personnel are similar to their still serving counterparts and broadly similar to the general population.  This course would be appropriate for anyone who works specifically with the Armed Forces or someone who works with the public in a support role.

Our MHFA Armed Forces Community course is split up into 4 manageable chunks, over two full days These are:

  1. What is mental health, and why MHFA for Armed Forces community?
  2. Suicide and depression
  3. Psychosis
  4. Anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder

What will I learn?

In each section you will learn how to:

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

The sessions will be a mix of presentation, group discussions and group work activities. Our instructors provide a very safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in certain bits, then don’t, we won’t make you do something you aren’t comfortable with.

Due to some of the sensitive subjects of our courses, including suicide, we limit numbers to 16 people. We want everyone to feel safe and our instructors can help if people find some bits particularly difficult.

You’ll receive a MHFA Armed Forces Community manual that you can take away with you at the end of the course and also an attendance certificate from MHFA England to say you are now Armed Forces Community Mental Health First Aider.