Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training

Mental Health First Aid

The Mental Health First Aid training is designed to give people practical skills in how to recognise the symptoms of mental health problems, how to provide initial help and how to guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

The training is accredited by Mental Health First Aid England, and operates in 23 different countries. The courses are currently being offered online, however the good news is, we are resuming our face-to-face training starting from April 2022!

We also provide dedicated MHFA courses for companies, organisations, and community groups.  Our nationally accredited mental health instructors provide a range of training for employers, human resources professionals, service providers, service users, carers, and the general public.

Please contact us at to find out more.

MHFA is the help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before professional help is obtained.

MHFA does not teach people to be therapists. However, it does teach people how to recognise the symptoms of mental health problems, how to provide initial help and how to guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

The Mental Health First Aid course is now being delivered online via Zoom and is made up of two elements:

  • four online group sessions (of about 2 hours 45 minutes each)
  • four individual learning sessions (of between one and two hours each)

In order to successfully complete the course participants will need to attend all four of the online group sessions in full and also to complete the four individual learning sessions (one before each of the four online group sessions) .

  • To preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others
  • To provide help to prevent the mental health problems developing into a more serious state
  • To promote the recovery of good mental health
  • To provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem

Mental health problems can affect people at any time of life in different ways. They affect individuals and their families, and friends, work colleagues and employers too.

Many people suffer a mental illness for a long time before they seek help. There is widespread ignorance of mental ill health in the general population and there is the associated stigma too. For some the stigma can lead to delays in people seeking help and support. There is also a lack of confidence in what to do if someone is distressed or in a crisis situation.

Mental Health First Aid is a response to this with the aim of improving mental health literacy throughout communities, with the belief that mental health crises can sometimes be avoided with early intervention.

MHFA is for anybody aged 16 or over who wants to increase their knowledge and confidence in identifying early signs of mental ill health and learn the right skills for supporting others.

MHFA is also for you if –

  • You are responsible for staff.
  • You interact with the public in your job.
  • You want to improve your knowledge and understanding of mental health issues

Upcoming Mental Health First Aid Open-Access Courses

DatesFace-to-face or online?Individual datesTime of day
[FULL] 10 – 17 JuneFace-to-faceFri 10th June, Fri 17th June9.30am – 4.30pm
20 Jun – 1 JulyOnlineFri 24th June, Mon 27th June9.30am – 12.15pm
[FULL] 6 – 13 JulyFace-to-faceWed 6th July, Wed 13th July9.30am – 4.30pm
1 – 10 AugOnlineMon 1st Aug, Wed 3rd Aug, Mon 8th Aug, Wed 10th Aug9.30am – 12.15pm
7 – 16 SeptOnlineWed 7th Sept, Fri 9th Sept, Wed 14th Sept, Fri 16th Sept1.30pm – 4.15pm
12 – 15 SeptFace-to-faceMon 12th Sept, Thu 15th Sept9.30am – 4.30pm
4 – 11 OctFace-to-faceTue 4th Oct, Tue 11th Oct9.30am – 4.30pm
17 – 26 OctOnlineMon 17th Oct, Wed 19th Oct, Mon 24th Oct, Wed 26th Oct1.30pm – 4.15pm
2 – 11 NovOnlineWed 2nd Nov, Fri 4th Nov, Wed 9th Nov, Fri 11th Nov9.30am – 12.15pm
8 – 15 NovFace-to-faceTue 8th Nov, Tue 15th Nov9.30am – 4.30pm
29 Nov – 6 DecFace-to-faceTue 29th Nov, Tue 6th Dec9.30am – 4.30pm

Upcoming MHFA Refresher course

This course is aimed at people who did their MHFA training a while ago to help them keep their skills up-to-date.

DateFace-to-face or online?Time of day
Thursday 5th MayFace-to-face9.30am – 2.00pm
Tuesday 6th SeptemberOnline9.30am – 2.00pm
Friday 9th DecemberFace-to-face9.30am – 2.00pm

Online MHFA Training

The Online Mental Health First Aid course is being delivered virtually on the e-learning platform called The MHFA Hub. The live group sessions and individual learning sessions are both accessible on the Hub.

Face-to-face MHFA Training

The Open Access MHFA Training is held at the Large Training Room at our Manzil Way site on Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1YH.

How to go?

  1. A public car park (fee paying) behind the Tesco supermarket on Union Street, Cowley Road, Oxford
  2. The No. 5 bus goes from the railway station and city centre and stops just outside Manzil Way. (Look for the Health Centre and children’s play area).
  3. The No. 1 bus also goes from the city centre to Cowley/Blackbird Leys area and stops at the Manzil Way bus stop.

You can find out more information here and register your interest in attending the course by filling out the form at the bottom. We aim to contact you within 2 working days.

We recommend that bookings are made no later than two weeks before the first course session to allow time for training materials to be dispatched and for the first part of the individual learning to be completed.

Contact us at to find out more.

Mental Health First Aid Open-Access Course

  • £250 per person

MHFA Refresher course

  • £125 per person

We can provide a range of dedicated courses for companies, organisations and community groups, including online versions of the Mental Health First Aid course, the MHFA Refresher and Mental Health Awareness courses.

Contact us at to discuss which course might suit your needs.

In addition to the Mental Health First Aid course we also offer a number of other training options online on an in-house basis for organisations. Options include:

Mental Health Aware Half Day – a four hour MHFA England course covering:

  • What is mental health?
  • Some common mental health conditions
  • Challenging stigma
  • Looking after your own wellbeing
  • Supporting someone who might be experiencing mental health difficulties

MHFA Champion – a one day MHFA England course which qualifies people as MHFA Champions. Ideal for line managers, this course looks at how people can be Champions for mental health in their organisation.

MHFA Refresher – a four hour course for people who did their Mental Health First Aid training up to three years ago, to keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date.

Working with Mental Health – a three hour bespoke training session for organisations that we design in consultation with you to focus on issues relevant to your organisation.

Please take a look at our course information leaflet or contact us at to discuss your training needs.

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