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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid​

Identifying, understanding and helping someone who may be having a mental health issue.

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Why is mental health important?

Talking about and understanding mental health issues saves lives. 

In the UK, 1 in 4 people experiences mental ill health in their life. Not talking about mental health can lead people to depression and suicidal thoughts – and suicide is the most common cause of death among men under 50. 

In young people, 1 in 10 experience a mental health issue at any one time. For those aged 5-19, suicide is the second most common cause of death, and around 13% of Childline counselling sessions for 11- to 18-year-olds recorded suicide as the ‘main concern’ in 2019/2020. 

Course information

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

MHFA will teach you to listen, reassure and respond in a crisis, and potentially stop a crisis from happening.

Key features:

  • Learn how to recognise warning signs and symptoms of common mental health problems
  • Develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone – even in a crisis – while keeping yourself safe
  • Learn to empower others to access the support they need and effectively signpost services for management and recovery
  • Learn more about supporting positive wellbeing and tackling stigma in the world around you
  • All participants receive the MHFA Manual for future reference

Course variants

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MHFA Two Day

Full course with certificate of completion. You will qualify as a Mental Health First Aider with a range of practical, interpersonal and individual skills designed for your safety and the safety of others. 

MHFA Half Day (Introductory)

A four hour session to give an overview of mental health issues, challenging stigma, looking after your own mental health and helping others to do the same. Certificate of attendance. 

Youth MHFA Two Day

Full course with certificate of completion. Qualify as a Youth Mental Health First Aider with knowledge specific to youth issues, resources and support. Topics include England’s child health policies, anxiety disorders, suicide, self-harm and eating disorders. 

Youth MHFA Half Day (Introductory)

Short course introducing common youth mental health issues and how to work more effectively with young people. Certificate of attendance. 

Awarding Body

MHFA England


2 days
4 hours (intro)


Internationally recognised
- Become an official MHFAider® with an MHFA Certificate
- Introductory attendees receive a Certificate of Attendance


Online or in person
Private sessions available


Min 8, max 25
Private courses can be booked for organisations

Who is it for?

People with lived experience of mental health issues

Family members

Employers and HR

Police officers and law enforcement

Paramedics, doctors, nurses and medical staff


Community workers


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Upcoming MHFA courses

Courses below are for individual learners. Please contact us if you represent a larger group or organisation. 

Did you know 1 in 5 people will have suicidal thoughts at some point in their lives?

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