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Mental Health First Aid Online

Become a Mental Health First Aider

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Become a Mental Health First Aider. This is the MHFA England training. Join a community of over 3 million people worldwide who are trained in mental health first aid skills. 


The course is now available for the first time online in response to the pandemic. The course has been especially adapted for online delivery. Whilst we always advocate for in-person training in mental health topics we recognise that with the training now being more vital than ever this needs to be made as accessible as possible. If you prefer in-person classroom training please see Public Mental Health First Aid Courses.


The course is split into four manageable sessions. Learning is divided between self-lead learning and live interactive virtual classroom sessions.


Self-lead learning format (Approx 5 hours in total)

An intuitive and interactive platform which guides you through learning via videos, work book activities, quizzes and manual reading. 


Live sessions (4 x 2.5 hour sessions)

Facilitated by two Mental Health First Aid Instructors via the MHFA England online learning hub platform which is easy to use and access. We guide learners through the course with group discussions and activities. Participation within peoples learners comfort zones is actively encouraged and we welcome all questions. 

Safety first 

We always have two facilitators on each course to ensure we can keep everyone safe and supported whilst learning. We also limit numbers to a maximum of 14 people. 


Course materials

Each learner receives a MHFA England detailed manual and workbook, MHFA England lanyard and action card. At the end you are a certified Mental Health First Aider and will receive an electronic certificate.



MHFA Online Course Breakdown

(total study time of approx. 15 hours)


Session one


Self-lead (1 hour):

Why mental health first aid

The mental health first aid action plan 

What is mental health 

Impact of mental health 

Stress container 


Live Session (2.5 hours)

Introduction to the course

ALGEE - the action plan

Stigma discussion

Risk and protective factors

Frame of Reference

The Mental Health Continuum

Introduction to the Stress Container


Session two 


Self-lead (1.25 hours):

What is depression?

Risk factors for depression

Mental health first aid for depression

Introduction to suicide 


Live session (2.5 hours):

Prevalence of suicide

Suicide, substance misuse and dual diagnosis

Analyse the impact of suicidal feelings

Recap of ALGEE and risk factors for suicide

Mental Health First Aid action plan for suicide

Non-judgemental listening

Practice using ALGEE in case study scenarios



Session three 


Self-lead (1.5 hours):

What is anxiety?

Mental health first aid for anxiety

What are eating disorders

What is self-harm?

Mental health first aid for self-harm

What are personality disorders?


Live session (2.5 hours):

ALGEE for anxiety

How to support someone who is having a panic attack

Crisis first aid

Non-judgemental listening activity 

Applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan for anxiety

Recap of ALGEE for anxiety

Cognitive behavioural therapy

Recap of eating disorders and self-harm

Case study for eating disorders and self-harm

ALGEE for eating disorders and self-harm


Session four


Self-lead (1.25 hours)

What are psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?

Risk factors for psychosis 

Mental health first aid for psychosis 

Helpful and unhelpful responses 

My action plan for using mental health first aid 


Live session (2.5 hours):

Review of individual learning on psychosis

The development of symptoms of psychosis

Review the five steps of ALGEE for psychosis

Group discussion about MHFA Australia psychosis video

Case study activity using Mental Health First Aid action plan for psychosis


How to build a mentally healthy workplace

Action plan to use Mental Health First Aid

Certificate complete 







Classroom training 

We continue to deliver the course in a face to face setting as restrictions allow. We have always opted for large bright training rooms and will be using even bigger rooms now to practice social distancing. We will also be running on reduced group sizes and practising increased hygiene and safety measures. See classroom adult mental health first aid courses

Youth training 

The youth mental health first aid is for anyone who lives with, works with or supports young people aged 8 -18 years. The training is available to take face to face in a limited number of youth mental health first aid locations and also via online virtual classroom training for youth mental health first aid

Private group training 

We can host private training sessions for groups of 6 or more people - please get in touch: or call 01277 801 844. 

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