Mental Health First Aid & Virtual Lifebelts

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Mental Health First Aid & Virtual Lifebelts

MHFA - Mental Health First Aid

MHFA is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. We deliver this and our online Virtual Lifebelts resources in partnership with the Evexia Foundation. MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis. In partnership with the Evexia Foundation we can offer both the adult two-day course and one-day short course in Mental Health First Aid.

The Benefits of Attending an Adult MHFA Course

- Raises awareness and understanding of mental health

- Reduces stigma around mental ill health

- Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues

- Promotes early intervention (by spotting early signs of a mental health issue) which helps stop mental ill health from getting worse and enables recovery

- Feel confident in how to offer and provide initial help to a person experiencing a mental health issue

The Mental Health First Aid Award (MHFA) has been developed by Mental Health First Aid England. It is recognised by the Department of Health and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) as an effective and appropriate ‘first-response’ towards anyone having a mental health crisis. Our courses are delivered by Evexia Foundation instructors who have been trained by Mental Health First Aid England, which is the sole provider of licenced Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training in England.

Please contact us if you would like to organise a course or be placed on the waiting list for the next course we might offer.

Virtual Lifebelts for Turbulent Times

Evexia Foundation and Intercultural Roots have produced a series of short video talks as a direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which aim to help provide an understanding of how mental health might be affected by the particular challenges associated with life during a pandemic. The information provided in these talks may also help you cope better when you are faced with other life challenges, or to help someone (a family member, friend or colleague) who is experiencing difficulties.

The films are intended to help you help yourself. Remember, the journey to wellbeing starts with the first step, and then the next, but you have to start somewhere. And you may also be able to use what you learn from these films to throw a lifebelt to others and help someone - a family member, friend or colleague, who is in distress.

Before you watch the films - our disclaimer: These talks are not designed to replace appropriate medical intervention, not are they intended as therapy. If you have a pre-existing condition and/or diagnosis you should proceed with care and seek advice if you have concerns. If at any time you feel distressed when engaging with these talks you should stop at once and seek appropriate help. There are a series of support organisations, including the NHS, who can help you listed here.

You must acknowledge that your engagement with these talks and the review opportunities within them is your own responsibility and liability. These works have Copyright 2020 and are intellectual property of Evexia Foundation and Intercultural Roots with All Rights Reserved and may not be copied nor reproduced in any form without consent.

Click the image above for our YouTube 'Virtual Lifebelts' Playlist

Film topics (click the links):

Practical actions to support your mental health

Towards understanding stress and anxiety

Resilience as a learned behaviour

Taming your monkey mind

Projection: seeing yourself and others with clarity

Useful Resources:

Image Credit: Dr Ian Kenvyn - Evexia Foundation & Intercultural Roots

There are many organisations who provide information, advice and guidance around mental health. A list of resources can be found here.

Additionally, for further peer-to-peer support please consider joining our:

'Virtual Lifebelts' Facebook Group


Content & Presentation: Dr. Ian Kenvyn

Camera: Clare Kenvyn

Executive Producer & Editing: Dr. Alex Boyd

Co-Producer: Dr. Andrea Maciel

Graphics Presentation & Branding: Lesley Newton Presentations

Marketing & Promotion: Maggi Swallow & Tiago Gambogi

Steering Group Consultant: Tapani Mononen

Please contact us if you would like to join our next Virtual Lifebelts activities.

Funded by:

Evexia Foundation, Intercultural Roots for Traditional Embodied Arts & Public Health and supported by the National Lottery Community Fund