Mental Health First Aider

Become a Mental Health First Aider
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MHFA England training to become a Mental Health First Aider.

This is an in-depth look at mental health and the common conditions, including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia. Attendees leave with a thorough understanding of the factors effecting mental health and a deep understanding of the impact of poor mental health on those experiencing issues. Time is also spent enhancing conversation and listening skills giving you the confidence to offer support even in a crisis situation and signposting to further help.


Key take out is we all have mental health, poor mental health can happen to anyone and recovery is likely and possible.

You will gain;

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

  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of a range of mental 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 - whether through self-help resources, internal support such as EAP, or external sources such as their GP

  • Understanding of how to keep yourself safe while performing mental health first aid

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

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. 

Delivery options:

In-person training: We currently run a limited number of 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: Now adapted for live virtual classroom delivery with a blend of self lead learning - 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.  


Course Outline 

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