REACH Mental Health First Responders Course
Our REACH Mental Health First Responders course aims to train a specially selected group of employees as first responders in the event of a mental health issue or emergency in the workplace. Just as conventional first aid is administered to a physically injured person, REACH Responders will be equipped to deliver immediate care to a person who might be developing a mental health issue or experiencing a personal crisis.
The REACH course is a 16 hour long course, spread over 2 full days. Using evidence based and engaging material, the course will give all attendees a basic understanding of mental health and common issues and illnesses, with a special focus on positive mental health, its importance and how to promote it. The course will involve group discussion, exercises and activities helping those attending to really engage with the material, share their experiences, put what they are learning into real-life context and practice their new communication and helping skills.
Attendees will develop key skills and learn how to use our Five Step REACH approach to:
- Reach out to someone in distress
- Encourage those in need to engage
- Assess for risk
- Connect the person to appropriate professional help
- Help them access the supports needed.
The course will be facilitated by two highly experienced and fully qualified counsellors.
The course can be delivered to a maximum of 20 people.
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