2 Day Mental Health First Aider course

MHFA England Course

MHFA England 2 Day Mental Health First Aider course

The 2 day course is for those who would like to become MHFAiders. They may go on to provide their skills to colleagues, as well as customers and members of the public. This is the “GOLD STANDARD” course. It is a comprehensive course, covering many of the various mental health conditions. Just as importantly it covers the skills required and a well-researched plan of how to help someone 

"Very engaging and naturally humorous"
"Good explanations of tricky subject"
"Confident - calm safe pair of hands"
"A natural presenter"
"Confident & informative"
"Exudes calm and confidence"
"Her natural humour enhanced the session"
"Clearly knows her stuff"

What does the course cover?

  • Why mental health first aid? What is mental health? Stigma and discrimination
  • Impact of mental health issues
  • The Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • Decrease sickness absence
  • Non-judgemental listening skills
  • Alcohol, drugs and mental health
  • Suicide figures
  • First aid for suicidal crisis
  • Applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • Suicide recovery
  • Personality disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harm
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Self-care
  • Recovery and building resources
  • Action planning for using MHFA.
  • Building a mentally healthy workplace
  • What is depression?
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Risk factors for depression
  • Depression in the workplace
  • First aid for depression
  • Treatment and resources for depression
  • 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 cognitive behavioural therapy
  • What is psychosis?
  • Risk factors for psychosis
  • Alcohol, drugs and psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Treatment and resources for psychosis
  • Warning signs of developing psychosis
  • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis

What to expect

Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions 
and workshop activities. 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:

An MHFA manual to refer to whenever you need it

A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health

A certificate of attendance to say you are a Mental Health First Aider