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Mental Health First Aid


Mental Health First Aid Course

Train as a Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider®) and receive three years of support and benefits.

This course is ideal for those who would like to become an MHFAider® to gain the knowledge and skills to spot signs of people experiencing poor mental health, be confident to start a conversation and signpost a person to appropriate support.

In addition to the course, you will become part of the largest MHFAider® community in England, gaining access to resources, ongoing learning and 24/7 digital support through Mental Health First Aid England’s MHFAider Support App®. You will learn and be given the tools and knowledge you need to carry out the role effectively and confidently, whether that be in your place of worship, workplace, or your local community.

What you will learn

As an MHFAider® you will be able to:

  • Recognise those that may be experiencing poor mental health and provide them with first-level support and early intervention
  • Encourage a person to identify and access sources of professional help and other supports
  • Practise active listening and empathy
  • Have a conversation with improved mental health literacy around language and stigma
  • Discuss the role in depth, including boundaries and confidentiality
  • Practise self-care

Attending the course

The training will take place across four flexible sessions and will include group activities, case studies, discussion, and skills practice, for both online and in person attendance. Each session lasts approximately 3hrs and 45mins with breaks included. 

What you will receive

You will receive a learner bundle that includes:

  • A hardcopy workbook to support your learning during the course
  • A digital MHFA manual that you can access during and after the course
  • Access to the MHFAider® support package for three years including the MHFAider Support App® and exclusive content and online events
  • An MHFAider® lanyard and credit card sized Mental Health First Aid action plan card

Once you complete the Mental Health First Aid course, you can test your knowledge and build your confidence in your role as an MHFAider® with the internationally recognised MHFAider® qualification, RSPH Level 3 Award in Mental Health First Aid.

Course Structure

Session 1

  • Mental Health First Aid ​and the action plan
  • The MHFAider® role ​and self-care
  • Helpful and unhelpful language ​
  • Useful models to support the role  

Session 2

  • What influences mental health? ​
  • What is anxiety? ​
  • Crisis first aid
  • Active listening and empathy ​
  • What are eating disorders? ​
  • What is self-harm? ​
  • What is substance misuse? 

Session 3

  • Applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • What is depression? ​
  • What is suicide? ​
  • Crisis first aid ​continued
  • What is psychosis? ​

Session 4

  • Recovery and lived experience ​
  • Boundaries in the MHFAider® role
  • Moving forward in the MHFAider® role ​
  • My MHFA action plan ​ 

Please choose from the dates below. If you can’t see a date that works for you please email [email protected] and we will do our best to make arrangements that are convenient for you.

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