FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT  IS MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID?

We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Mental ill health can strike at any time and can affect people from all walks of life.

Although things are improving, stigma still exists around mental ill health. As a society, we don't tend to know how to take care of our mental health like we do our physical health. This means that people may not know how to support a friend, family member or colleague experiencing a mental health issue, or where to go for support with their own mental health.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.

You’ll also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.

What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma in the world around you.

HOW CAN I BENEFIT FROM YOUR ONE TO ONE COACHING SESSIONS?

My role during our sessions is to offer mental boost, to give you time and space to explore your thoughts and goals, guiding you on your chosen path, instilling self-belief so that you find your dreams or realise your goals. 
I use my practical and emotional experience, to promote clarity, and realise your true self
Be it a personal or professional goal, life coaching is multi-dimensional. You can seem me as a guide, motivator, counselor, mentor — all in one!

WHAT IS BEHAVIOURAL FAMILY THERAPY?

The model of family work used by the Meriden Programme is an evidence-based, psychoeducational approach known as Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT). The model was originally developed by Professor Ian Falloon and colleagues in the early 1980’s. It is a practical, skills based intervention that usually takes 10 to 14 sessions to deliver. It typically involves sharing information with the service user and their family about the service user’s mental health issues, experience and treatment. The family also complete work on recognising early signs of relapse and develop a clear staying well plan. BFT promotes positive communication, problem solving skills and stress management within the family. The needs of all family members are addressed, and each family member is encouraged to identify and work towards clear personal goals.