Train as a Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider®)

About Edu-c8 & MHFA England

About Edu-c8

Edu-c8 Inspired Training provides high-quality specialist person-centred mental health and wellbeing training. Our passion is to promote and raise mental health awareness in the workplace.

Dawn Miller Donkin established Edu-c8 Inspired Training to make a positive difference to people’s lives though training and education. Dawn has 20 years experience of working in mental health care alongside health and social care sectors. This invaluable knowledge reflects the quality of Edu-c8’s training courses

Dawn has built a team of like-minded qualified trainers, who have a wealth of knowledge and are just as enthusiastic about the sectors they work and teach in. Alongside Edu-c8 specialist team of mental health trainers, we can also provide health and social care workplace training. 

Edu-c8 Training Director Dawn Miller Donkin

Dawn is an experienced trainer and Director of Edu-c8 Inspired Training, she is committed to providing quality training and workshops for employers, managers and employees. The training will inspire organisations and individuals to enhance the wellbeing and quality of life of people who use their services. 

Dawn worked in the health and social care sector for over 20 years, predominantly in residential care homes and supported living services for adults with learning disabilities and mental illness. For many years Dawn was a registered home manager.

Since leaving the health and social care sector Dawn has worked with a national training provider for many years, then in 2017 Dawn established Edu-c8 Inspired Training. This enabled her to share a wealth of experience and knowledge developing and delivering courses. 

Dawn is passionate about raising awareness about mental health and wellbeing and to help reduce the stigma and discrimination around it in the workplace and in our society. Dawn is very proud to be part of the MHFA community and becoming an approved Adult MHFA instructor.

Through personal experience and working with people with a dual diagnosis of Learning disabilities and Mental illness Dawn has many specialists subjects, including mental health awareness, learning disability awareness, autism awareness, epilepsy, Prader-Willi-syndrome and behaviours that challenge.

MHFA England Qualifications

  • Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor – Two Day
  • Online Mental Health First Aid Instructor
  • MHFA Champion Instructor
  • Mental Health Aware Instructor
  • MHFA Refresher Instructor


  • LMC (leadership and management) Health and Social care
  • NVQ Level 4 Health and social care
  • B-TEC Supervisory management level 3
  • NVQ D32/D33 (NVQ Assessors Award)
  • Level 3 Award in Education and training

Learn About Mental Health First Aid Training

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 a 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.

Almost half a million people in England have been trained in Mental Health First Aid skills

Learn About MHFA England

Edu-c8’s Mental Health First Aid Instructors are registered by MHFA England to deliver their accredited courses.

Mental Health First Aid courses have been developed by experts and people experienced in mental health issues. The training courses are evidence based on up to date research. Courses are constantly reviewed and updated to new investigation and statics.

There are 4 million MHFA trained people from 24 counties, including over 400,000 people in England.

Officially Recognized

The Mental Health First Aid Instructors course is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health..

Worldwide Training

An active community of 24 countries licensed to provide Mental Health First Aid

International Community

More than four million people have been trained worldwide as Mental Health First Aiders.

Mental Health First Aid training came to England in 2007. The Department of Health: National Institute of Mental Health in England (NIMHE) developed and launched the programme as part of a national approach to improve public mental health.

MHFA England is the Licensed Provider of Mental Health First Aid training from MHFA International. Based in Australia, MHFA International is a not-for-profit organisation that develops, delivers and evaluates accredited mental health training programmes.

The Mental Health First Aid programme began in Australia in 2000, and has since evolved into a global movement that is delivered by an active community of licensed providers in 24 countries. To date, over 4 million people worldwide have been trained.

Studies on MHFA training

MENTOR: MENtal health first aid in The wORkplace 2018
Researchers surveyed 139 participants from 81 organisations across England. The organisations were spread across 20 different industries in the private, public and third sectors.  Participants were asked what had changed in their workplaces as a result of MHFA England training. Responses included:
– 91% said there had been an increased understanding of mental health issues in their workplace
– 87% said more mental health conversations were happening at work
– 83% had noticed an improvement in procedures for signposting to further support

2018: International Journal of Workplace Health Management
Participants believed that MHFA training should be offered to all staff in an organisation, although they noted that this was not always practical or feasible. Participants noted several benefits of MHFAOs in their organisation including:
– Increasing support and encouraging help-seeking
– Improving knowledge, attitudes and skills
– Improving workplace culture
– As a global programme, MHFA can be implemented consistently across multinational organisations

MHFA Campaign Where’s Your Head At?

Where’s Your Head At? is a campaign which will improve the mental health of the nation by ensuring employers look after the wellbeing of their workforce. 

We all have mental health – In just the same way as we each have physical fitness. Evidence also shows that the earlier a mental health issue – like stress, anxiety or depression – is detected the easier it is to manage and treat. We want to make it easy for you to talk about your mental health at work & ensure that there are trained colleagues on site who know how to point you in the direction of any help you might need.

Training for your organisation

We can deliver all our mental health courses and bespoke training to your team in a venue of your choice, or online as a group. We can arrange a package of training places on our public courses. Book booking is an effective and economical way to quickly upskill your workforce.