Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Health & Safety Courses
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Course Details

  • Cost:

    £300 + VAT

  • Category:

    Health and Safety Training

  • Tags:

    First Aid, Mental Health, Health & Safety

  • Skills:


2-Day Mental Health First Aid Course


  • This two-day course qualifies your employees as Mental Health First Aiders, giving them:
  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing.
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of a range of mental health issues.
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress using the Mental Health First Aid action plan.
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening.
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether through self-help resources, internal support such as EAP, or external sources such as their GP
  • An understanding of how to keep themselves safe while performing their duties.


  • Two-day face to face course across four manageable sessions.
  • Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities.
  • Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan.
  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.


Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A certificate of attendance to say they are a Mental Health First Aider.
  • A manual to refer to whenever they need it.
  • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan.
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support their own mental health.
  • A copy of the Line Managers’ Resource, an invaluable source of advice on how to support an employee experiencing mental ill-health.

Course Structure

Session 1

  • 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.

Session 2

  • 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.

Session 3

  • 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.

Session 4

  • 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.