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Mental Health First Aider Training

This course qualifies delegates as a Mental Health First Aider with MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) England. It teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

It’s suitable for anyone who wants to better support and understand their employees’ or colleagues’ mental health and for companies that want to demonstrate their commitment to equality between mental and physical health.
  • Course Content
  • Session 1:

    • Why Mental Health First Aid?
    • The Mental Health First Aid action plan
    • 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



  • Pre-requisites
  • There are no pre-requisites for this course.
  • Assessment
  • Everyone who completes the course gets an MHFA manual to keep and refer to whenever they need it, and a certificate to say they are a Mental Health First Aider, accredited by MHFA England.
  • More details
  • Career Progression:

    By completing this course, delegates will qualify as a Mental Health First Aider.

    Mental Health First Aiders have:

    • An in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
    • 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 to further support - whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix