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.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this course is now being offered online. The online format involves four online sessions plus individual learning before each of these sessions.

The training is accredited by Mental Health First Aid England and operates in 23 different countries. Participants receive a certificate on completion of the course.

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.

In addition to the Mental Health First Aid course we can also offer the half day MHFA Refresher, the half day MHFA Aware and a range of other mental health awareness courses. All of these are now available as online courses Please contact us at mhfa.trainers@restore.org.uk 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 course is now being delivered online and is made up of four online sessions (of between 2 and 2.5 hours 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. Restore members, volunteers and carers can attend these courses for free.

We provide dedicated MHFA courses for companies, organisations and community groups. The cost for an online MHFA course is £2,500 for up to 12 participants.

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