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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill-health and provide help on a first aid basis.

In the same way as learning physical first aid, MHFA teaches people how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill-health and feel confident to guide someone to appropriate support.

Embedding MHFA training within any organisation or community also encourages people to talk more freely about mental health, reducing stigma and creating a more positive culture.

Who should attend?

This course is for trainees who require Adult Mental Health First Aid. It provides the skills, knowledge and understanding of first aid for mental health and how to effectively support those experiencing distress.

This course aims to empower both individuals in the workplace and communities to understand the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and how best to support themselves and those around them in recovery.

Duration 2 Days. (Min 8 people with a max of 16 people)


  • Refreshments: Are included for all courses, Cafes are located on site
  • Start and finish times: 09:00 to 17:00
  • Please note: This may be a little earlier, depending on the numbers of delegates attending

Select specific date to see price, venue and full details.

Learning Objectives

  • To enable trainees to gain a Mental Health First Aid (England) award in Adult - Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
  • Spot the early signs of a possible mental health issue
  • Feel confident in how to offer and provide initial help to a person experiencing a mental health issue
  • Preserve life where a person may be at risk of harm to themselves or others
  • Help to stop mental health from getting worse and to give hope to someone who needs guidance
  • Promote recovery of good mental health
  • Guide someone towards appropriate treatment and other sources of help
  • Understand the stigma that exists around mental health
  • Provide help on a first aid basis


Due to some of the sensitive subjects of the course, students should be aware that some people can find certain parts of the course difficult, although our instructors help everyone to feel safe and comfortable.

Course Content

The Mental Health First Aid Course Covers the Following Subjects;

  • Session 1
    • Why Mental Health First Aid?
    • The Mental Health First Aid action plan
    • What is mental health?
    • Impact of mental health issues
    • Stigma and discrimination
    • What is depression?
    • Symptoms of depression
    • Risk factors for depression
    • Depression in the workplace
  • Session 2
    • Suicide figures
    • Alcohol, drugs and mental health
    • First aid for suicidal crisis
    • Non-judgemental listening skills
    • First aid for depression
    • Treatment and resources for depression
    • Self-care
  • Session 3
    • What is an anxiety disorder?
    • First aid for anxiety disorders
    • Crisis first aid after a traumatic event
    • Alcohol, drugs and anxiety disorders
    • Treatment and resources for anxiety disorders
    • Cognitive distortions and CBT
    • Personality disorders
    • Eating disorders
    • Self-harm
  • Session 4
    • What is psychosis?
    • Risk factors for psychosis
    • Alcohol, drugs and psychosis
    • Schizophrenia
    • Bipolar disorder
    • Warning signs of developing psychosis
    • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis
    • Treatment and resources for psychosis
    • Recovery and building resources
    • Action planning for using MHFA

Exams & Certification

Assessment Method

Trainees must attend all training sessions and are assessed throughout.


  • Adult Mental Health First Aider (with the certificate issued by Mental Health First Aid (England).
  • The MHFA standard course is split into four manageable parts. These are: -
  • Depression and what is mental health?
  • Suicide and substance misuse.
  • Anxiety disorders, self-harm, eating disorders and personality disorders.
  • Psychosis and building a healthy community for all.


Due to some of the sensitive subjects of the course, students should be aware that some people can find certain parts of the course difficult, although our instructors help everyone to feel safe and comfortable.

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