Enhancing MHFA with Continued Learning: The Value of Bonus Study Courses

Introduction

The new syllabus Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) courses have proven to be valuable in increasing mental health awareness and crisis intervention skills. Our experience delivering MHFA courses has taught us that people often come away with a strong desire to apply what they’ve learned in the workplace and support their colleagues. However, they often struggle to know how to effectively apply their new skills, confidence, enthusiasm, and desire to support. This is where the Genesis platform and its bonus self-study courses come in, providing the necessary guidance and practical strategies to bridge the gap between knowledge and application.

Expanding Knowledge and Skills

MHFA courses offer a foundation in mental health awareness and first aid, but the field is complex and ever-evolving.

The free bonus self-study courses offered to every graduate from our MHFA courses through the Genesis platform provide participants with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in a range of practically applicable areas:

Manager Mental Health Awareness: This course equips participants with the understanding and tools needed to support mental health in the workplace. Managers and individuals will learn how to create a mentally healthy environment and effectively support their team members.

Self-Care: Mental Fitness and Resilience: Recognising the importance of self-care, this course focuses on building mental fitness and resilience. Participants will explore strategies for maintaining their own well-being while supporting others.

Support and Communication: Effective support and communication are crucial when dealing with mental health challenges. This course provides practical techniques and insights to enhance interpersonal skills, active listening, and empathetic communication.

Team Dynamics and Environment: A positive team dynamic and a supportive environment contribute to better mental health outcomes. This course explores strategies for fostering a mentally healthy team culture and promoting collaboration and well-being.

Sleep and Performance: Sleep plays a vital role in mental health and overall well-being. Participants will gain knowledge about the connection between sleep and performance and learn strategies for improving sleep quality and promoting optimal functioning.

Disability and Mental Health: Understanding the intersection of mental health and disability is essential for inclusive support. This course provides insights into the unique challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and equips participants with the knowledge to offer appropriate assistance.


The Value of Continued Learning

The bonus self-study courses in Genesis not only expand participants’ knowledge but also provide several additional benefits:

Reinforcement and Application: By engaging in continued learning, participants can reinforce their MHFA training and apply their knowledge and skills to real-life situations. The practical focus of the bonus courses enhances their ability to support individuals experiencing mental health challenges.

Comprehensive Coverage: The range of subjects covered in the self-study courses ensures a more comprehensive understanding of mental health. Participants gain insights into various aspects, including workplace support, self-care, communication, team dynamics, sleep, and disability.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Accreditation: The self-study courses are CPD-accredited, adding value to participants’ professional development. By earning 18 CPD hours, individuals demonstrate their commitment to ongoing learning and improve their credibility in the field of mental health.

Extended Timeframe for Learning: Genesis offers three months of free access to the self-study courses, providing an extended timeframe for learning and engagement. Participants can revisit course materials, reinforce their understanding, and practice their skills, promoting long-term impact.

Conclusion

While MHFA courses are valuable in promoting mental health awareness and crisis intervention skills, their long-term effectiveness can be enhanced by combining them with continued learning.

The bonus self-study courses offered through the Genesis platform cover a range of subjects and provide participants with valuable knowledge, practical strategies, and CPD accreditation. By engaging in these courses, individuals can expand their understanding, reinforce their skills, and foster sustained effectiveness in supporting mental health.

Together, MHFA and the Genesis platform create a powerful learning and support system that promotes comprehensive and long-term mental health literacy and intervention.

Upcoming Courses

We have released dates for June’s MHFA Champion and new syllabus MHFA First Aider Courses and you can view these, find out more about the courses and book here.


Written by Tim Rushmere, Managing Director and Principal Mental Health Instructor

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