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Mental Health First Actions

A relaxed course where we will discuss ways that we can all help our mental well-being and resilience, and to try and prevent mental ill-health in ourselves and others.

  • Last reviewed: 27th March 2024
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Our Mental Health First Actions course is an insightful understanding of mental health and the potential problems surrounding poor mental health. During the course you will spend lots of time working on resilience, self-care, and learn the techniques to empower people and have the confidence to step in and offer support to others when needed.

Packed with practical advice, you will be able to spot signs of declining mental health, and by using a practical action plan, be able to appropriately offer someone help both in an emergency and longer-term situation. Throughout the workshop-style sessions, you have lots of time to discuss specific mental health conditions, work through case studies and become better prepared to help ourselves and guide and support those around us.

This course isn’t about having all the answers, and it’s not about teaching people to have all the solutions to other people's problems. It’s about genuine empathy for others and helping individuals recognise ‘early warning signs’ to help prevent illness or decline in wellbeing.

This course is in line with the Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) ‘Mental health conditions, work and the workplace’ guidance.

Once you have completed the course you will receive a certificate from the training provider, SkillBase First Aid and a copy of a user-friendly manual, ‘The Good Mental Health Guide’.

What's covered in the course?

In a sensitive environment on this workshop-based course, you will learn:

Module 1: Mental Health Matters
  • What is mental health?
  • Thoughts, feelings and behaviour
  • How common are mental health problems?
  • Mental health as a spectrum
  • Mental health alarm bells
  • Stigma
  • Wellbeing and recovery
Module 2: The Pressure Pot
  • What is pressure?
  • What is stress, and how might it make us think, feel and behave?
  • Helpful wellbeing strategies
  • Unhelpful coping methods
  • Stress self-care
Module 3: Mental Health First Actions
  • Our role as a mentor or supporter
  • How to approach someone who may have a mental health problem
  • What is a crisis?
  • Talking and listening
  • Getting help and support
  • Promoting wellbeing
  • Looking after ourselves
Module 4: Experiencing Anxiety
  • What is anxiety?
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Anxiety alarm bells
  • A.C.T.I.O.N.S. for anxiety
  • Common anxiety problems and chronic cycles
Module 5: Experiencing Depression
  • What is depression?
  • Why do people experience depression?
  • Alarm bells
  • Psychotic symptoms
  • Suicide
  • A.C.T.I.O.N.S. for depression

How is the course delivered?

This is a two-day course. Delivered online ‘live’ by an expert trainer. It is a fun and interactive workshop, with lots of time for practice and questions.

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for all adults within the equestrian industry and beyond, including:

  • Anyone that works in equine
  • Freelance coaches and grooms
  • Employees within riding schools
  • Trainee coaches
  • Volunteers in equine

You do not need any previous knowledge of mental health however, if you have completed other courses such as Mental Health First Aid, this course will complement and build on your existing knowledge.

Book your course

All bookings close five days before the course date. Please ensure you book well in advance of the date to avoid disappointment.

Booking links

15-16th April (9:30-4:30    Book Here

18-19th June (9:30-4:30    Book Here