MHFA 2 Day course

become a Mental Health First Aider 

Any adult can be a Mental Health First Aider.
In the workplace this course is ideal for frontline staff and anyone who supports or wants to support others.


Mental Health First Aiders have

  • 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 mix

Course size

Due to the sensitive nature of some of the topics discussed we recommend the group size is 12 people and for safety reasons the maximum allowed is 16.


All delegate materials are included - everyone attending receives a comprehensive reference manual, course workbook and e-certificate. Note - attendance on both days is required to become a MHFAider.

Previous knowledge

Absolutely no previous knowledge is required or expected.

Delivery style

The course is a mix of group activities and information presentation, designed to be engaging, interactive and enjoyable.

Course Outline

Day 1 - Morning 

  • Why Mental Health First Aid?

  • The Mental Health First Aid action plan

  • What is mental health?

  • Impact of mental health issues

  • Stigma and discrimination

  • What is depression?

  • Symptoms of depression

  • Risk factors for depression

  • Depression in the workplace

Day 1 - Afternoon

  •    Suicide figures

  • Alcohol, drugs and mental health

  • First aid for suicidal crisis

  • Non-judgemental listening skills

  • First aid for depression

  • Treatment and resources for depression

  • Self-care

Day 2 - Morning

  • What is an anxiety disorder?

  • First aid for anxiety disorders

  • Crisis first aid after a traumatic event

  •  Alcohol, drugs and anxiety disorders

  •  Treatment and resources for anxiety disorders

  • Cognitive distortions and CBT

  • Personality disorders

  • Eating disorders

  • Self-harm

Day 2 - Afternoon

  • What is psychosis?

  • Risk factors for psychosis

  • Alcohol, drugs and psychosis

  • Schizophrenia

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Warning signs of developing psychosis

  • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis

  • Treatment and resources for psychosis

  • Recovery and building resources

  • Action planning for using 


MHFA England values this course at £300 pp. Contact us to find out more about group discounts.