Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA)


The two-day Adult Mental Health First Aid course is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health and qualifies participants as Mental Health First Aiders.

This course teaches how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis to a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue. The course provides:

  • 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 mixture

Learning takes place across four manageable sessions. Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan. The sessions are:

  • Session 1 - Mental Health First Aid, mental health and depression.

  • Session 2 - Depression (cont.) and suicidal crisis.

  • Session 3 - Anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and self-harm.

  • Session 4 - Psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.


The course is taught in small groups (a maximum of 16) so that attendees feel 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 Aider

Abby HubbardMHFA