Mental Health First Aid



Course duration

2 Days

Certificate valid for

Never expires

Grant Available
Selected Dates

This Mental Health First Aid course (MHFA) is for anyone who wishes to learn more about mental health issues or who, in their course of work, are required to support the workplace and its employees by providing mental health first aid guidance, advice and early recognition of signs or symptoms relating to mental health. Our MHFA courses are designed to reduce associated stigma within mental health and increase support for those who may have a mental illness through education. This course is also suitable for anyone currently working in mental health or who are supporting people within their personal lives.

Mental Health First Aid Course Overview

This two day course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider, giving you:

  • 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

Mental Health First Aid Course Content

Over this two day course, the following will be covered;

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

Learner Numbers

In order to ensure the interaction between the learners and the tutor is spread evenly and effectively, the maximum number of learners allowed on a course is sixteen.

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

Upon successful completion, all learners will receive a certificate of attendance to say you are a Mental Health First Aider.

All successful learners will receive a mental helth action plan reference card, a manual and a helpful toolkit.