I completed the 2 day Mental Health First Aider Course (MHFA England) in August 2020, via video conference, taught by Christina James.
Right from the start it was clear that Christina is passionate about all aspects of mental health and training. She was very welcoming and reassured all participants on the course that even though we could not meet face to face due to the Coronavirus, we would get the same level of teaching and group interaction as if we were based in the classroom.
The course was very interesting, in depth, thought provoking and covered many sensitive and emotional topics that as a society we tend to shy away from. We laughed – and we cried. Learning how to approach people who are potentially going through a mental health crisis and being given the tools of the right vs the wrong things to say and do and how to behave, was fascinating. Often what we think of as words of support can be entirely the wrong thing to say to people who are struggling to cope, and could make a bad situation worse.
Throughout the 2 days of the course, Christina was on hand to facilitate group chat and make sure that we were all on track. Her expert knowledge and experience in the field of Mental health is a wonderful asset and her teaching method is encouraging and supportive, leading students to become more compassionate and understanding about the stigma surrounding mental health, whilst giving us the confidence to act if ever necessary.
I think this is an incredibly beneficial course for any company to send employees on, and I would highly recommend Christina James as the course tutor.