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Heathpatch's newest Mental Health First Aiders

Heathpatch was pleased to host another Mental Health First Aider course for our Group Members.

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The two-day course was held at The Bildeston Crown, part of the Nedging Hall Estate., close to Heathpatch's Head Office in Semer, Suffolk. 

The Kennedy Room offered a traditional but comfortable environment to absorb what can be an intense subject for some.  It was a little warm at the peak of Britain’s mini heat-wave but fans were soon provided by the helpful team at the Crown and all participants survived.


The MHFA England course was delivered through Gipping Occupational Health of Needham Market by the supremely capable Hannah Buckland.  Hannah created a safe space for everyone to be included in discussions and share viewpoints.  There were no stupid questions and no wrong answers. 

12 course delegates seated around a long table
Heathpatch's newest Mental Health First Aiders. From L to R: Angela Cattermole, Jamie Hart, Chloe Curzon-Hart, Phil Main, Debbie Johnston, Mark Gunther, Anja Tomaszczuk, Charlie Adams, Liz Payet, Ben Hyett, Olly Pratt and Lynda Croft

It was a very full two days, covering topics which may have been triggering for some.  We discussed many mental health illnesses and learnt so much about how to approach someone that needs support.  Our topics included:


·         What is the Mental Health First Aider’s role.

·         The importance of self-care.

·         The use of language.

·         Frames of reference.

·         Active Listening.

·         Stress.

·         Anxiety.

·         Panic attacks.

·         Eating disorders.

·         Self-harm.

·         Substance misuse.

·         Depression.

·         Suicide.

·         Psychosis.

·         Bereavement.

·         MHFAider boundaries.

·         Support resources.


Everyone involved took something away from the course.  Most admitted that they had learnt a lot.  Many were surprised at how much support is available, including the MHFA England App made available to all delegates.  We all feel more confident to be there for our colleagues when they need us and to be able to point them in the right direction for professional support.

Certificate of Attendance of Mental Health First Aider Course.

Special thanks to Hannah Buckland for her excellent care, the team at The Bildeston Crown where nothing was too much trouble and all the delegates who stepped up to get involved in this extremely worthwhile course, helping to remove the stigma from mental health issues.


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