Mental Health First Aid Course
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 won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.
You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.
You’ll also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.
What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma in the world around you.
The aim of the MHFA course is to demystify the whole topic of mental health, mental health issues and mental illness, to increase mental health literacy, and to decrease the stigma.
By the end of the course participants will be able to
- Recognise the symptoms of mental ill health
- Provide initial help
- Guide the person towards appropriate professional help
- Be mindful of your own wellbeing
The course is an online interactive experience, delivered through slides, video clips, discussion and case studies. The course is approx. 15 hours in total split into individual learner activities (7 hours) and Instructor led live sessions (8 hours)
As the course is a blend of individual and instructor led on-line learning, it is delivered flexibly. The individual learning modules are completed at the participants convenience, as they are self-paced learning. Only the instructor led sessions are completed in an on-line group.
Each participant receives
MHFA Course Manual
MHFA First Aid Action Plan
Access to MHFA interactive learning hub
Mental Health First Aid Certificate
Access to Zoom
Web Browser: Google Chrome for accessing online learning modules
For the best experience it is recommended that you use a laptop or computer rather than a phone or tablet to access the live sessions.
Who Should Attend
Any adult member of the public who wishes to give initial first aid or assistance to a person developing a mental health issue or a person who may be in mental health crisis.
Everyone who completes this course gets a Mental Health First Aid certificate from MHFA England to say that they are a Mental Health First Aider.