• African Mental Health First Aid


Globally 350 million people suffer from depression, with rates of depression across the continent of Africa at 100,000,000 with 66,000,000 of these being women in Africa.  All this is higher than those to be found in Europe or the United States of America. There is very little or no access to effective treatment or any treatment at all. The World Bank considers depression to be the “greatest thief of productive economic life” on the continent of Africa.

Depression is often triggered by an accumulation of stress, that goes untreated. A workplace is a place where ongoing stress is generated daily. Although work-related stress is not an illness the psychological impact does make employees more vulnerable to depression, especially women as reflected in the figures below above.


The course provides an overview of the common mental health problems people may experience, their symptoms and effects of them and what you should do to support any employees who are struggling. You will also learn how to promote positive mental health in your workplace and make adjustments; skills that will help you to give employees the support they require so that they give you the best of themselves at work.  Accredited by CPD Training, UK.


Benefits of the course

  • This course is suitable for those in a position of responsibility in their workplace, including managers, supervisors, employers or HR professionals. It will equip you with the knowledge you need to support your employees and promote positive mental health in your organisation.
  • The training provides an introduction to mental health and so no prerequisite knowledge or training is required.

Topics for this course

49 Lessons

.1 Introduction to health and well-being in the workplace?

The first unit of this course will consider the overall concepts of mental health and well-being and what specific aspects of well-being an individual should maintain in order to prevent the onset of a mental health problem. The unit will go on to look at the risk factors that are most associated with potential mental health problems and why these may cause such problems to come about. The unit ends with consideration of how employers and employees can care for mental health and well-being in the workplace and what the legalities are of caring for staff in line with a duty of care so that they remain mentally and physically well whilst at work.
What is mental health and well-being?00:00
Coping with stress00:00
Stress and mental ill health00:00
Managing emotions00:00
Friendships and health and Fitness00:00
Dealing with experiences and feeling secure00:00
The stigma surrounding mental health and Impact on individuals00:00
Risk factors for mental ill health and well-being00:00
Responsibility of an employer’s ‘duty of care’ and self care by employyes00:00
Assessing risk00:00
Quiz 1

2.Types of mental ill health?

This unit is spilt into two different sections and both will consider different kinds of mental health conditions, including an overview of what they are, what might cause them and what their impact on an individual and their life might be.

3. Types of mental ill health continued?

In this unit we continue to explore the different types of mental ill health. The types we will cover include; stress, bipolar, depression and more throughout this unit.

4. Social wellbeing?

This unit gives a comprehensive overview of some of the ways in which employees can stay safe at work. Information covers the responsibilities of both employers and employees in relation to safety, equality and diversity, discrimination, bullying and harassment, and conflict. The unit ends with recommendations about how to build and maintain a good work-life balance in order to ensure good levels of emotional well-being, which is a key element of avoiding the onset of mental health difficulties.

5.Accessing support?

This unit is about how to access support within an organisation and how employees are supported whilst in work and how they are supported to return to work if they have to take a period of sick absence. The unit considers the importance of one-to-one meetings with managers and how employees can be supported to stay well within the workplace such as with training and workshops about mental health. There is also an exploration of how to ensure that mental and physical health are taken as seriously as each other and how to improve staff morale and thus lower the opportunities for mental health problems to develop.

6.Making reasonable adjustment?

This unit considers the kinds of reasonable adjustments that organisations can make so that their employees are able to work safely without detriment to their mental or physical well-being. Many different reasonable adjustments are described in relation to the benefits that they may bring to employees and the unit ends with three case studies to show how such benefits have been successful in a real-life situation.

7. Health and safety?

This unit considers the importance of health and safety in the workplace. It begins by looking at the policies that employers should have in relation to mental health and well-being and how risk assessments should be carried out to ensure that all employees are safe. The unit then goes on to consider how an employee is considered fit for work after a period of absence, before ending with information about how to create a comfortable workstation and how to avoid inactivity within the workplace, which can create both mental and physical health problems for employees

8.Healthy Lifestyle?

The final unit examines how employees can sustain a healthy lifestyle including how to eat healthily and how much they should exercise. It considers the negative impacts of drugs and alcohol and how lack of sleep can impact an employee’s ability to function at an adequate capacity and how sleeping can be improved. The unit ends with information about how an employee can create a schedule to organise and prioritise their time so as to reduce stress that is associated with lack of organisation and poor time management.



  • Motivated to learn how to support mental health in your employees

Target Audience

  • Employers and employees

Materials included

  • Full immediate online access
  • Access on mobile
  • Certificate of Completion

Your Instructor

Shibero Akatsa


I have always had a passion for promoting mental health education and wellness in Africa and beyond.

With 25 plus years of experience, I have brought about psychological, emotional and spiritual wellness in individuals, organizations and communities, through clinical psychotherapy, community psychosocial interventions, personal development and self-care training workshops and consultancy.

In addition to the above work, I am a mental wellness and selfcare script writer and produced and hosted the ‘Shibero Show’, which aims to create awareness on mental health issues especially for communities on the continent of Africa. This can be found on You Tube .


African Mental Healthcare Platform That Brings Positive Change in Individuals & Communities

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