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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an educational course which teaches people the skills and knowledge to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health illness. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.

Developed in Australia in 2000 and now internationally recognised in over 26 countries, the MHFA course teaches people how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, provide help on a first aid basis and effectively guide someone towards the right support services.

Susan Hayward

CRP_4837Using my work and life experience and professional training I help you gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively apply mental health first aid where and when it is needed.

With a business background I understand the enormous cost that mental ill health has on business and the economy and the devastating impact it can have on the individual, their family, friends and colleagues. My life experience has touched on stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD/ADD, OCD, CD, bereavement, anger, panic attacks, psychosis (bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia) and self-harm.

As a mental health instructor my goal is to increase mental health literacy and reduce the discrimination and stigma associated with it, one person at a time. If a person feels knowledgeable enough to talk about mental health comfortably we will be on the road to achieving that goal.

I’ve had a cosmopolitan life, born in Ealing, London but have also lived in Antigua, Sierra Leone and Rhodesia (as it was called when I was 7) and into Zimbabwe. Going to university in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa, I returned to work in the chemical industry in Zimbabwe. In 2005, I returned to the UK with my children to give them hope and a future that I no longer saw for them in Africa. I married Roger in 2012 and in our spare time we sail the Southampton Water and the Solent with a dream to go further when time permits. In other free moments I do a variety of creative crafts and read an eclectic range of books.

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