Mental Health First Aid

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MHFA England two days training for a certificate in Mental Health First. The MHFA programme is internationally recognised and is the countries leading certificate in Mental Health First Aid. Join a community of over 5 million people who have trained in MHFA skills worldwide.

Mental health first aid training is an in-depth look at mental health and the common conditions, including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, self-harm and schizophrenia. We also explore suicide and crisis intervention. At the end of the two days training, delegates will have a thorough understanding of the risk and protective factors effecting mental health and the skills to spot, support and signpost someone who is experiencing a developing mental health issue. Time is also spent enhancing conversation and listening skills, giving you the confidence to offer support even in a crisis situation.


With statistics indicating that as many as one in four people will experience a mental health issue in any given year, mental health first aid skills are vital and can even be life saving. 

Two days training, you will gain;

  • An in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing

  • Practical skills to spot the signs and identify triggers of a range of mental ill health issues.

  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress using the Mental Health First Aid action plan

  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening

  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support.

  • Understanding of how to keep yourself safe while performing mental health first aid as well as cultivate your own wellbeing. 

Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A detailed MHFA England Manual to refer to whenever they need it

  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support their own mental health

  • A certificate of attendance to say they are a Mental Health First Aider

  • An action card and lanyard to identify yourself as a Mental Health First Aider. 

Course structure 

Learning takes places through a medley of group discussions, videos, workshop activities and case studies. The pace is kept light and easy to follow whilst being incredibly thought provoking. 

Training options:

In-person classroom training: We currently run in-person mental health first aid courses where individual places can be booked. The classroom format is two days training. See locations at bottom of this web page. 

Online deliveries: Same training and certificate, learning is blended between live virtual classrooms and self lead learning on the online learning hub for more info - Mental health first aid online 

Private group training: If you have six or more people to train you have the option to chose your own dates and schedule.  


Mental health first aid course syllabus

Session One

  • 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

Session Two

  • 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 Three

  • 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 Four

  • 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


This above page is for the Adult MHFA courses, see the course outline for Youth MHFA