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Mental Health First Aid course

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course that 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. 


MHFA England values this course at £325 per person.

I provide this course at £150 per person as I am keen to increase the provision of this training as much as possible, so that more people can gain skills, confidence and knowledge to support others.

For group courses, prices are £150 per person with a minimum of 8 people (£1,200) and a maximum of 16 people (£2,400) per cohort.


Everyone who completes this course gets the following from MHFA England

A hard copy workbook to support their learning throughout the course 

A digital manual to refer to whenever they need it​ after completing the course 

A wallet-sized reference card with the Mental Health First Aid action plan​ 

A digital MHFAider® certificate  

Access to the MHFAider Support App® for three years 

Access to ongoing learning opportunities, resources and exclusive events

Course outcomes 

As an MHFAider®, you will be able to: 

  • Recognise those that may be experiencing poor mental health and provide them with first-level support and early intervention 

  • Encourage a person to identify and access sources of professional help and other supports 

  • Practise active listening and empathy 

  • Have a conversation with improved mental health literacy around language and stigma 

  • Discuss the MHFAider® role in depth, including boundaries and confidentiality 

  • Practise self-care 

  • Know how to use the MHFAider Support App® 

  • Know how to access a dedicated text service provided by Shout and ongoing learning opportunities with MHFA England  

  • Online or face-to-face course structured across four flexible sessions. Each session is a maximum of 3hrs 45mins and is delivered over two days

  • Learners will be trained over four live sessions (two a day), covering 14 total content hours.​

  • Learning takes place through a mix of instructor-led training, group discussions, and individual and group activities. 

  • Each session builds on the previous one, enabling the learner to gain confidence in supporting others with a Mental Health First Aid action plan. 

  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that instructors can keep people safe and supported while they learn. 

  • We strive for all our learning content to be as accessible and inclusive as possible. 

Course content


Session one

  • Mental Health First Aid and the action plan

  • The MHFAider® role ​and self-care

  • Helpful and unhelpful language 

  • Useful models to support the role

Session two

  • What influences mental health? ​

  • What is anxiety? ​

  • Crisis first aid 

  • Active listening and empathy ​ 

  • What are eating disorders? ​ 

  • What is self-harm? ​ 

  • What is substance misuse? ​ 


Session three

  • Applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan 

  • What is depression? ​ 

  • What is suicide? ​ 

  • Crisis first aid ​continued 

  • What is psychosis? ​ 

Session four

  • Recovery and lived experience ​

  • Boundaries in the MHFAider® role 

  • Moving forward in the MHFAider® role ​ 

  • My MHFA action plan ​ 

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