Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Mental Health First Aid Explained

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches managers and staff how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide support , reassurance, and guide people to the help they may need  on  first aid basis.

MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis.

Who is This Course For?

This Two-Day Adult Mental Health First Aid course is aimed at managers and employees within the workplace. The course has been developed by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA England) It provides the skills, knowledge and understanding of first aid for mental health and how to effectively support those experiencing distress.

This empowers both individuals and communities to understand the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and how best to support themselves and those around them in recovery. It will help reduce stigma and discrimination around mental health.

Course outcome:

At the end of the course learners will be able to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health issue
  • Feel confident in how to offer and provide initial help to a person experiencing a mental health issue
  • Preserve life where a person may be at risk of harm to themselves or others
  • Help stop mental ill health from getting worse
  • Promote recovery of good mental health
  • Guide someone towards appropriate treatment and other sources of help
  • Understand the stigma that exists around mental health
  • Reflect and evaluate current ways of working

Course Duration:

Two Day


Learners will be required to participate and demonstrate the Course Learnings throughout the session. This will be achieved by verbal questions and answers, Ongoing observation and involvement in group and individual activities.

Course delivery methods:

Every MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor who has attended the Mental First Aid (MHFA England) Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, and is trained to keep people safe and supported while they learn. Leaners will gain the most out of the sessions through a variety of delivery methods that are used including: Power point, individual and group activities, case studies, Scenario’s, DVD clips, Group discussion and research.


Leaners will receive a copy of the 275 pages MHFA manual and workbook, and a Certificate of attendance will be issued by Mental First Aid (MHFA England) to all learners that have demonstrated that learning has taken place throughout the session and course outcomes have been met.