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Mental Health First Aid Training

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.

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This face to face or online course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider, giving you:

 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


This course can be delivered online or face to face. Learning takes place through four live training sessions, spread across two days, with self-learning activities in between (if online). See course structure section below for more detail.

Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan.

I 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 you are a Mental Health First Aider

▬▬   A manual to refer to whenever you need it

▬▬   A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan

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


Please find the course structure and outline below.


Session 1

Individual learning (1 hour):

Introduction to the Online Mental Health First Aid course and the Online Learning Hub (course overview, safety procedure, attending live sessions, and completing individual learning activities)
Activity 1: Why Mental Health First Aid?
Activity 2: The Mental Health First Aid action plan
Activity 3: What is mental health?
Activity 4: Quiz: Impact of mental health
Activity 5: Stress Container (completed after live session)
Activity 6: Frame of Reference (completed after live session)

Live session (2 hours 30 minutes):

Introduction to course functions
Introduction to the course
ALGEE and mental health introduction recap
Risk and protective factors
10 minute break
Frame of Reference
The Mental Health Continuum
Introduction to the Stress Container

Session 2

Individual learning (2 hours):

Activity 7: What is depression?
Activity 8: Risk factors for depression
Activity 9: Mental Health First Aid for depression
Activity 10: Introduction to suicide

Live session (2 hours 30 minutes):

Recap of individual learning on depression
Prevalence of suicide
Suicide, substance misuse and dual diagnosis
Analyse the impact of suicidal feelings
Recap of ALGEE and risk factors for suicide
Explain Mental Health First Aid action plan 1 for suicide
10 minute break
Explain non-judgemental listening, Empathy video
Practice using ALGEE in case study scenarios
Review of ALGEE for suicide and depression

Session 3

Individual learning (2 hours):

Activity 11: What is anxiety?
Activity 12: Mental Health First Aid for anxiety
Activity 13: What are eating disorders?
Activity 14: Mental Health First Aid for eating disorders
Activity 15: What is self-harm?
Activity 16: Mental Health First Aid for self-harm
Activity 17: What are personality disorders?
Live session (2 hours 30 minutes):

Recap of individual learning on anxiety
Recap of the five basic steps of ALGEE for anxiety
Explain action 1 for anxiety
How to support someone who is having a panic attack
Explain crisis first aid
Practice action 2: non-judgemental listening
10 minute break
Practice applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan for anxiety
Explain cognitive behavioural therapy
Recap of eating disorders and self-harm
Case study for eating disorders and self-harm
Review ALGEE for eating disorders and self-harm

Session 4

Individual learning (2 hours):

Activity 18: What are psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?
Activity 19: Risk factors for psychosis
Activity 20: Mental Health First Aid for psychosis
Activity 21: Helpful and unhelpful responses
Workbook Activity 10: My action plan for using Mental Health First Aid (completed after live session)

Live session (2 hours 30 minutes):

Review of individual learning on psychosis
Explain the development of symptoms of psychosis
Review the five steps of ALGEE for psychosis
Group discussion about MHFA Australia psychosis video
Case study activity using Mental Health First Aid action plan for psychosis
10 minute break
Explore how to build a mentally healthy workplace
Start action plan to use Mental Health First Aid

Resources for this course

Please explore our resources section for my in-depth information on this course.

Click on the resource to download the pdf.

Your guide to being a MHFA

Line Managers Resource

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