Mental Health First Aid England

MHFA came to England in 2007 and was launched under the Department of Health: National Institute of Mental Health in England as part of a national approach to improving public mental health.

Mental health education empowers people to care for themselves and others by reducing stigma through understanding. Through this training we hope to break down barriers to the support that people may need to stay well, recover, or manage their symptoms.


MHFA training courses give people the tools to support themselves and each other, so everyone can talk about mental health and seek help when needed. The course teaches people to spot the signs of mental health issues and how to guide a person towards support. The course won’t teach you how to be a therapist, but it will teach you how to respond in a crisis and how to reach out before a crisis happens.

Why choose MHFA?

  • Each MHFA course is delivered by a qualified Instructor Member who has completed the instructor training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health
  • Our instructor members provide a safe, inclusive learning environment and are trained to support people throughout the whole course.
  • In completing our two day course you’ll be joining a global community of over 3 million people around the world who have trained in MHFA skills
  • MHFA courses are written by experts, grounded in research, and tested by people with lived experience of mental health. Research and evaluation shows that MHFA courses make a lasting difference in people’s knowledge and confidence around mental health

As an approved provider of MFHA, we can deliver this course on-site at your organisation’s premises or at our Wellbeing Centre in Ashton-under-Lyne. The course lasts two days and, in most cases, these are delivered consecutively. We can accommodate a maximum of 16 people on a course and the minimum number is 8.


For more information or to request a quote for Mental Health First Aid training please contact trainingacademy [at] (subject: MHFA%20Enquiry)


What will I learn?

Course overview:

  • Provides participants with the skills and confidence to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues.

  • Equips people with the skills to guide a person effectively towards the right support services when they are in need.

  • Challenge stigma and discrimination against those suffering mental health issues.

  • Enables people to engage better with individuals with mental health issues within their local community.

MHFA at work

A trained Mental Health First Aider in your workplace can start productive conversations about mental health, be a role model for how to manage mental health, promote greater understanding of the importance of mental health, and play a significant part in ending stigma and discrimination around mental health in the workplace.

Quality mental health training, underpinned by a robust wellbeing strategy, gives people the tools to keep themselves healthy and support each other. This course can also help to:

  • Build employees confidence to have open conversations around mental health and break the stigma
  • Meet the recommended core standards for a healthy workplace as set out for all employers in the Government’s Thriving at Work report
  • Encourage people to access support early when needed, for a faster recovery
  • Empower people with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive in work
  • Promote a mentally healthy environment, stopping preventable issues and allowing people to thrive and become more productive
  • Embed a long term positive culture across the whole organisation, where employees recognise their mental and physical health are supported as equal parts of the whole person


This course will qualify your employees as Mental Health First Aiders, giving them:

  • 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
  • An understanding of how to keep themselves safe while performing their duties


Independent research and evaluation shows that taking part in a MHFA course:

  • Raises awareness and mental health literacy
  • Reduces stigma around mental ill health and feel confident guiding people towards appropriate support
  • Boots knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
  • Encourages people to start a conversation with a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue
  • Promotes early intervention which enables recovery

The course is delivered over two days across four manageable sessions

  • Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities
  • Each session is built around the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn

On this two day course you will learn how to:

  • Identify the early stages of a mental health problem
  • Help someone who’s dealing with a mental health issue
  • Help stop mental ill health from worsening
  • Help someone have a quick recovery
  • Guide someone towards proper professional help
  • Break the stigma of a mental health problem


Session 1

  • Why mental health first aid
  • What is mental health
  • Impact of mental health issues
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • What is depression
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Risk factors for depression
  • Depression in the workplace

Session 2 

  • 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 3

  • 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 4

  • 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


Upon completing the course, students will become certified mental health first aiders in the workplace and can help colleagues with a mental health issues receive the support they need to recover or manage their symptoms. Everyone who completes the course will receive:

  • A certificate of attendance to say they are a Mental Health First Aider
  • A manual to refer to whenever they need it
  • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support their own mental health
  • A copy of the Line Managers Resource, an individual source of advice on how to support an employee experiencing mental ill health


How will I learn?

Each session is practical and interactive. Making use of a variety of PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, small group work, and practical exercises in pairs. Our instructors provide a safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in certain parts, then there is no pressure to.


Due to some of the sensitive subjects mentioned on the course, we limit numbers to 16 people. We want everyone to feel safe and our instructors can help if people find some parts particularly difficult.


Everyone who attends the course will receive a copy of the Mental Health First Aid manual and workbook, which are both excellent resources.

When you have completed the course you will receive a certificate to confirm that you are a trained Mental Health First Aider. 

How to book

If your organisation would like to book a MHFA course for your staff, please email trainingacademy [at]

This training can be delivered between 8-16 persons either at your own venue (if COVID compliant) or online via zoom.


Due to the sensitive nature of the subjects mentioned on the training, we limit numbers to 16 people. We want everyone to feel safe and our instructors can help if people find some parts particularly difficult.


The cost for the training is £1600 per course.

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