Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA)
Training Courses & Workshops

The MHFA England training programme is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health and is the only  provider of licensed Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training in England.

Youth MHFA Half Day – Aware

This introductory four hour session raises awareness of young people’s mental health. It covers:

 – Some of the common mental health issues affecting young people, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis

 – Skills to work more effectively with young people living with mental health issues

 – Ways to support young people with a mental health issue and relate to their experiences

Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. We limit numbers to 25 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.

Everyone who completes the course gets:

 – A manual to refer to whenever you need it

 – A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health

 – A certificate of attendance to say you are Mental Health Aware

Youth MHFA Champion

Our one day course qualifies you as a Youth MHFA Champion.

Youth MHFA Champions have: 

– An understanding of common mental health issues and how they can affect young people

– Ability to spot signs of mental ill health in young people and guide them to a place of support

– Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness

– Skills to support positive wellbeing

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn. Young people are welcome on the course but if you’re under the age of 16 we need consent from your parent or guardian.

The day includes a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. You will get a Youth MHFA manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it.

When you complete the day you’ll get a certificate to say you are a Youth MHFA Champion.

Youth MHFA Two Day

Our Youth MHFA Two Day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Youth Mental Health First Aiders have:

  • An in depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues 
  • Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening 
  • Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix – engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate
  • Ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive
  • Tools to look after your own mental wellbeing 

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn. Young people are welcome on the course but if you’re under the age of 16 we need consent from your parent or guardian.

Learning takes place across four manageable sessions. Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Youth Mental Health First Aid action plan. You will get an MHFA manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it. When you complete the two days you’ll get a certificate to say you are a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Adult MHFA Half Day – Aware

Our half day course is an introductory four hour session to raise awareness of mental health.

It is designed to give you:

– An understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma

– A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues

– An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing

– Confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue

Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. We limit numbers to 25 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.  

Everyone who completes the course gets:

– A manual to refer to whenever you need it

– A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health

– A certificate of attendance to say you are Mental Health Aware

Adult MHFA Champion

Our one day mental health awareness and skills course qualifies you as an Adult MHFA Champion.

MHFA Champions have: 

– An understanding of common mental health issues  

– Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness

– Ability to spot signs of mental ill health 

– Skills to support positive wellbeing

Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.  

Everyone who completes the course gets:

– A manual to refer to whenever you need it

– A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health

– A certificate of attendance to say you are a Mental Health First Aid Champion

Adult MHFA Two Day

Our Adult MHFA Two Day course qualifies you 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

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.

You will get an MHFA manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it. When you complete the two days you’ll get a certificate to say you are a Mental Health First Aider.

Adult MHFA Champion Higher Education

Our specialised Higher Education MHFA instructors deliver an intensive one day course which covers these key topics: 

  • – What is mental health?
    – Depression and anxiety
    – Suicide 
    – Self-harm and eating disorders
    – Psychosis
    – Mental Health First Aid action plan

The day includes a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. Our instructors provide a safe learning environment where participants are supported throughout the course.

How will attending a Higher Education MHFA course help?

The course gives a deeper understanding around the issues that relate to student and staff mental health. Participants learn practical skills that can be used every day, including how to spot the early signs of mental ill health. Research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA course: –

  • – Raises awareness and mental health literacy
  • – Reduces stigma around mental ill health
  • – Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
  • – Promotes early intervention which enables recovery

Everyone who completes the course receives a copy of the Higher Education MHFA manual which is an excellent reference and support resource. They also get a certificate and badge to say they are an MHFA Champion – someone with the skills and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness, support a culture of positive wellbeing, spot signs of mental ill health and guide a person to a place of support.

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