Mental Health First Aid 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. To find out more about the benefits of MHFA please visit Adult · MHFA England.


By the end of the course learners will be able to:

  • Explain what mental health is

  • Describe how to look after their own mental health and wellbeing

  • Describe the signs of possible poor mental health 

  • Explain some of the risk factors associated with poor mental health

  • Demonstrate how to apply ALGEE in a Mental Health First Aid conversation

  • Describe the role of an MHFAider

Our MHFA course can be delivered either online or face to face across either 2 or 4 days. The training course is designed to be delivered to between 8 and 16 people.

For face to face training we can deliver this course on site at your organisations venue or at our wellbeing centre in Ashton-under-Lyne, (216-218 Katherine Street, OL6 7AS). 

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

Course update for 2022 - courses delivered after 30th September will follow the new updated version of the course. Please see below for more details on the changes. 


Each learner on our MHFA course will receive:

  • A workbook to write down notes and complete exercises

  • A manual which holds information delivered on the course (in lieu of slides sent out)

  • A lanyard and action card

  • Access to the MHFAider support app



All materials can be ordered in large print versions. We will also endevour to meet any reasonable adjustments that are required for someone to take part in our training sessions. 


What's New - MHFA Update for 2022

MHFA England have updated the course for 2022. Courses delivered after 30th September will be using the new slides and resources. The changes to the course include:

  • Updated learner outcomes

  • A bigger emphasis on self-care

  • MHFAider buddies who are fictional characters that are featured throughout the course. They share their experieces and give tips as you learn about MHFA

  • More inclusive materials so learners are able to identify with a range of diverse people. This includes new case studies, films and imagery. 

  • More accessible resources inlcuding updated PowerPoint slides, bigger line spaceing, reduced text on slides and alt text where images are used. 

  • Greater focus on the role of a MHFAider and the boundaries involved

  • Quizzes and check in's throughout the course to embed learning

  • Updated language to be more inclusive and person-centred

  • Conversation practice to practice using the MHFA skills in the session

  • Updated statistics

The Different Sessions Explained

MHFA is split into 4 sessions which takes place over either two full days or four half days. In order to receive your certification in MHFA you must attend all sessions. Certificates are issues directly from MHFA England upon completion of the course.


Session 1

  • The MHFAider role
  • Self-care
  • What is mental health?
  • Helpful and unhelpful language
  • Frame of reference
  • Stress container

Session 2 

  • Influences on mental health
  • Anxiety including panic attacks
  • First aid after a traumatic event
  • Active listening and empathy
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harm
  • Substance misuse

Session 3

  • Depression
  • Suicide
  • Psychosis

Session 4

  • Recovery and lived experience
  • Boundaries in the MHFAider role
  • Moving forward in the role
  • Action planning


Upon completing the course, students will become certified mental health first aiders (MHFAider®) 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 MHFAider®

  • A manual to refer to whenever they need it

  • A quick reference card for the MHFA action plan

  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support their own mental health

Learner support

Each learner on our MHFA course will receive:

  • A workbook to write down notes and complete exercises

  • A manual which holds information delivered on the course (in lieu of slides sent out)

  • A lanyard and action card

  • Access to the MHFAider support app


Following completion of the course (once they have completed all four sessions) they will also receive:

  • Opportunity to book on to a refresher course after three years (additional costs apply)

  • Access to the online learning hub

  • Ongoing learning and support from MHFA England

Book a session now

We will be running sessions throughout the year which are available for members of the public to book on to. The cost for these sessions are £199 per person. To book please follow the link below. 


We will now be using Me Learning for training bookings. To access our courses, please use this link  to sign up to the platform. You will need to create an account so that you can manage your bookings and receive updates on your course. Once registered, you will then receive information on how to pay. 


Date: Start: Finish:
3rd and 10th January 09:00 17:00
15th and 16th February 09:00 17:00
18th and 25th April 09:00 17:00
11th and 18th July 09:00 17:00
3rd and 4th August 09:00 17:00

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