Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training

Mental Health First AidThe 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.

This training is currently being offered online.  The online format involves four online group sessions led by our instructors and including group activities and discussions, plus individual learning which participants complete before each of these group sessions.

The training is accredited by Mental Health First Aid England, and operates in 23 different countries.

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.

  • 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

The Mental Health First Aid course is now being delivered online via Zoom and is made up of four online sessions (of about 2 hours 45 minutes each)  plus individual learning that is required before each online session. The course costs £250 per person. Subsidised places may be available for eligible participants.

MHFA Refresher

The MHFA Refresher course is now also available as an open access online course delivered via Zoom. This course is aimed at people who did their MHFA training a while ago to help them keep their skills up-to-date. The course is four hours and costs £125 per person. Contact us at to find out more.

Mental Health First Aid open-access course dates in 2021

We recommend that bookings are made no later then 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.

  • 7-17 September: Tues 7th Sept, Fri 10th Sept, Tues 14th Sept, Fri 17th Sept (1.30-4.15pm)
  • 20-30 September: Mon 20th Sept, Thurs 23rd, Mon 27th Sept, Thurs 30th Sept (9.30am – 12.15)
  • 12-21 October: Tues 12th Oct, Thurs 14th Oct, Tues 19th Oct, Thurs 21st Oct (9.30am to 12.15pm)
  • 9-18 November: Tues 9th Nov, Thurs 11th Nov, Tues 16th Nov, Thurs 18th Nov (1.30 – 4.15pm)
  • 6-15 December: Mon 6th Dec, Weds 8th Dec, Mon 13th Dec,  Weds 15th Dec (9.30am to 12.15pm)

MHFA Refresher open-access course dates in 2021

  • Monday 4th October 9.30am -2pm

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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