Mental Health First Aid Training

All our instructors are accredited MHFA England Instructors

Mental Health First Aid is the help offered to someone experiencing a mental health issue or crisis. By taking one of our MHFA courses you’ll be qualified to provide the necessary support at a crucial time. You will also learn how to raise awareness of mental health issues, and promote good mental health in your community.
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Mental Health First Aider Course - Online

Qualification

MHFA England Mental Health First Aider Certificate

Student Numbers

Max 16 to keep our students safe and supported

Type

Online course

Course Duration

Two days total spread across two weeks

Overview

A Mental Health First Aider Certificate is the most comprehensive course in the MHFA England portfolio. It requires completion of a two-day virtual course. The content is a mixture of presentations, discussions, and group activities. A workbook and MHFA Manual are supplied as part of the course fees – both will be sent to your home address.

Anyone over the age of 16 can attend an MHFA England course but an interest in mental health and wellbeing is desirable. When you have completed the course, you will receive:

  • Certificate of attendance to say you are a Mental Health First Aider.
  • A comprehensive manual to refer to whenever you need it.
  • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan.
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health.

This is an online course delivered through the MHFA England Online Learning Hub.

Learning takes place across 2 weeks, and consists of four live training sessions, each with a complementary self-learning activity. Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan. See below for a detailed course structure.

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported whilst they learn.

For more information on the course content, please visit https://mhfaengland.org/individuals/adult/online-mental-health-first-aid/

What you will learn

  • What is mental health?
  • Why Mental Health First Aid is so important.
  • What the Mental Health First Aid action plan is.
  • The impacts that mental ill health has on society and the economy.
  • How we tackle stigma and discrimination when talking about mental health.
  • What is depression? How to recognise the symptoms and risk factors for depression.
  • First aid and further resources for treating depression.
  • Suicide statistics and how to help someone in a suicidal crisis.
  • How alcohol and drugs can influence mental health.
  • How we can develop non-judgemental listening skills.
  • Self-care – how we start to look after ourselves.
  • What is an anxiety disorder, and how we can apply first aid.
  • Crisis first aid after a traumatic event.
  • Treatment and resources for anxiety disorders (including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
  • What are personality disorders?
  • What is self-harm?
  • What are eating disorders?

Mental Health First Aider Course - Offline

Qualification

MHFA England Mental Health First Aider Certificate

Student Numbers

Max 16 to keep our students safe and supported

Type

Open/In House

Course Duration

Two days

Overview

A Mental Health First Aider Certificate is the most comprehensive course in the MHFA England portfolio. It requires completion of a two day classroom-based course. The content is a mixture of presentations, discussions, and group activities. A workbook and MHFA Manual are supplied as part of the course fees.

Anyone over the age of 16 can attend an MHFA England course but an interest in mental health and wellbeing is desirable. When you have completed the course, you will receive:

  • Certificate of attendance to say you are a Mental Health First Aider.
  • A comprehensive manual to refer to whenever you need it.
  • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan.
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health.

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported whilst they learn.

For more information on the course content, please visit https://mhfaengland.org/individuals/adult/online-mental-health-first-aid/

What you will learn

  • What is mental health?
  • Why Mental Health First Aid is so important.
  • What the Mental Health First Aid action plan is.
  • The impacts that mental ill health has on society and the economy.
  • How we tackle stigma and discrimination when talking about mental health.
  • What is depression? How to recognise the symptoms and risk factors for depression.
  • First aid and further resources for treating depression.
  • Suicide statistics and how to help someone in a suicidal crisis.
  • How alcohol and drugs can influence mental health.
  • How we can develop non-judgemental listening skills.
  • Self-care – how we start to look after ourselves.
  • What is an anxiety disorder, and how we can apply first aid.
  • Crisis first aid after a traumatic event.
  • Treatment and resources for anxiety disorders (including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
  • What are personality disorders?
  • What is self-harm?
  • What are eating disorders?

Mental Health First Aid Champion Course

Qualification

MHFA England Mental Health First Aid Champion Certificate

Student Numbers

Max 16 to keep our students safe and supported

Type

Open/In House

Course Duration

One day

Overview

This one-day mental health awareness and skills course qualifies you as an Adult MHFA Champion.

Anyone over the age of 16 can attend an MHFA England course but an interest in mental health and wellbeing is desirable. When you have completed the course, you will receive:

  • Certificate of attendance to say you are a Mental Health First Aid Champion.
  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it.
  • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan.
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health.

This concise but essential course is suitable for everyone. It’s particularly popular with line managers wanting to roll out mental health best practice in the workplace.

It requires completion of a one-day classroom-based course. The content is a mixture of presentations, discussions, and group activities.

A workbook and MHFA Manual are supplied as part of the course fees.

For more information on the course content, please visit https://mhfaengland.org/individuals/adult/1-day/

What you will learn

  • What is mental health?
  • The Mental Health Continuum.
  • Factors which affect mental health.
  • Stigma and discrimination.
  • associated with mental Ill health.
  • Stress and stress management.
  • Spotting signs of distress.
  • Mental health conditions:
    • Depression
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Psychosis
    • Eating disorders
    • Suicide
    • Self-harm
  • Recovery
  • Take 10 Together – starting a supportive conversation.
  • Supporting mental health in the workplace.
  • Useful statistics.
  • Helpful resources .

Mental Health First Aid Aware Course

Qualification

MHFA England Mental Health First Aid Aware Certificate

Student Numbers

Max 25 to keep our students safe and supported

Type

Online/Open/In house

Course Duration

Half day

Overview

A 4-hour introductory course designed to increase mental health awareness and give an understanding of how to look after wellbeing and challenge stigma.

Anyone over the age of 16 can attend an MHFA England course but an interest in mental health and wellbeing is desirable. When you have completed the course, you will receive:

  • Certificate of attendance to say you are a Mental Health First Aid Champion.
  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it.
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health.

This course will also gives you confidence to support someone in distress, or who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

The session is delivered through a mix of group activities, presentations, and discussion. When you complete your course, you will get a certificate of attendance and an MHFA manual to keep and refer to.

For more information on the course content, please visit https://mhfaengland.org/individuals/adult/half-day/

What you will learn

About mental health, MHFA and stress in the workplace:
  • Stigma and discrimination.
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders.
  • Other mental health issues (eating disorders, self-harm, psychosis).
  • Early warning signs of mental ill health.
  • Alcohol, drugs, and mental health.
  • Suicide
  • Applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan:
    • Action 1: Approach the person, assess, and assist with any crisis.
    • Action 2: Listen and communicate non-judgmentally.
    • Action 3: Give support and information.
    • Action 4: Encourage the person to get appropriate professional help.
    • Action 5: Encourage other supports Recovery.
  • Building a mentally healthy workplace.
  • Action planning for using MHFA.

Mental Health First Aid Refresher Course

Qualification

MHFA England Mental Health First Aid Refresher Certificate

Student Numbers

Max 25 to keep our students safe and supported

Type

Online/Open/In house

Course Duration

Half day

Overview

If you are a Mental Health First Aider or MHFA Champion, you have skills for life that can support you and the people around you.

We believe that mental health should be valued as equally as physical health. And just like physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid training should be kept up to date.

Anyone over the age of 16 can attend an MHFA England course but an interest in mental health and wellbeing is desirable. When you have completed the course, you will receive:

  • Certificate of attendance to say you have attended a refresher course.
  • A manual/workbook to refer to whenever you need it.

How often should MHFA England skills be refreshed?

We recommend that Mental Health First Aiders and MHFA Champions attend a Refresher course every three years.

If it’s time to refresh your skills, book onto an MHFA Refresher course now and feel confident that you are performing your vital role safely.

Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities.

Please note that the MHFA Refresher is only for people who have completed an Adult MHFA Two Day or One Day, or Armed Forces MHFA Two Day course.

For more information on the course content, please visit https://mhfaengland.org/individuals/adult/refresher/

What you will learn

The four-hour MHFA Refresher course will empower you to:
  • Keep your awareness of mental health supports current.
  • Update your knowledge of mental health and what influences it.
  • Practice applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan.

Call for more information and to book a workshop