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Did you know that 1 in 4 British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one year, and 1 in 6 experiences this at any given time?

(The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001)

The UK has one of the highest rates of self-harm in Europe, at 400 per 100,000 population. (Self-poisoning and self-injury in adults, Clinical Medicine, 2002).

Do you know how to recognize self-harm symptoms and approach the subject with someone?
How confident are you talking about mixed anxiety and depression which is the most common mental disorder in Britain?

Suicide remains the most common cause of death in men under the age of 35. (Five Years On, Department Of Health, 2005)

How would you react when someone told you that they have suicidal thoughts? Do you have practical skills in preventing suicide and knowledge of the local support services and professional help?

One in ten children between the ages of 1 and 15 has a mental health disorder. (The Office for National Statistics Mental health in children and young people in Great Britain, 2005)

Do you feel confident in discussing mental health disorders with a young person?

By enrolling on a Mental Health First Aid course, you will be able to spot the early signs of a mental health problem and feel confident in helping someone experiencing a problem.

As a Mental Health First Aider you can prevent someone from hurting themselves or others and help someone recover faster by making sure they receive appropriate professional support.


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