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What is Mental Health First Aid?

What is Mental Health First Aid?


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


Learning takes place through a mix of teaching, video clips, exercises, group discussions and activities. MHFA is a practical skills and awareness course designed to give you:

  • A deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect people’s wellbeing, including your own
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them
  • Toolkit to look after your own mental well-being


It’s important to remember that MHFA England courses do not teach people to be therapists or counsellors and do not teach people how to diagnose mental health conditions or provide ongoing support. Instead, your role is to act as a point of contact and reassurance for a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. Maintaining appropriate boundaries is a key part of successfully providing Mental Health First Aid and keeping yourself safe and well.


Adult MHFA all courses.pdf
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Adult MHFA Two Day.pdf
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YOUTH_MHFA_Two Day only - instructors.pd[...]
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MHFA Higher Education.pdf
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Training is provided for a wide range of organisations locally and nationally for corporate clients, schools, colleges, statuatory bodies and other charities.


  • 2 Day - Adult Mental Health First Aid
  • 1 Day - Adult Mental Health Champion
  • 4 Hour - Adult Mental Health Aware
  • 4 Hour - Adult Refresher 
  • 2 Day - Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • 1 Day - Youth Mental Health Champion
  • 4 Hour - Youth Mental Health Aware
  • 1 Day - Higher Education Mental Health Champion
  • 2 Day - Armed Forces Community Mental Health First Aid

Face-to-Face courses can be held on your premises or alternative facilities can be arranged locally or nationally.

Public Course

For informaiton on public courses please refer to one of these options

On-Line Courses

Three MHFA England certified courses are now available to experience in a digital format.

  • Adult Mental Health Aware
  • Youth Mental Health Aware
  • Adult Refresher

These valuable and interactive 4 hour courses are delivered in a friendly and facilitative way to create an accessible and safe learning environment.  


Breaks are incorporated on a regular basis throughout the training for retaining maximum engagement.  Options to split the duration of the course is available.

Course Information

Manuals including helpful resources and a certificate of attendance by Mental Health First Aid England CIC are provided.


Due to the sensitive nature of the content, participant numbers are restricted to 16 for all Two Day 'face-to-face' courses and 24 for all Half Day 'face-to-face' courses. 


On-line courses are restriced to 12 participants.


Courses are for everyone over the age of 16 and no prior knowledge is necessary.

Delegate Feedback


"I started the course thinking negative and finished the course thinking positive."


"Brilliant education course, with plenty of hands on interactions"


"I'm in a better position to recognise mental health problems and needs so I will be better placed to help people with these issues"


"I found it very reassuring to hear other people's experiences and know they are similar to mine"


"An enjoyable and informative course, engaging and open in style which encouraged group participation and sharing of experiences and knowledge."


"This has been a very good course with huge amounts of knowledge.  The strategies discussed have been excellent and I feel much more confident in dealing with mental issues within school but also issues within my personal life





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