Mental Health First Aid Course

Award-Winning mental health first aid training. Courses are available virtually, on-site at your workplace or at one of our public venues nationwide.

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Registered With The Federation Of First Aid Training Organizations (FOFATO).

Our Mental Health First Aid Courses

2 Days
Virtual or Classroom

The Level 3 Award in Mental Health First Aid is a 2-day MHFA course that provides learners with an in-depth understanding of mental health first aid training issues. This is the most comprehensive training and the ONLY MHFA course that qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider.

1 Day
Virtual or Classroom

This course helps learners by teaching them about stress, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders, depression and anxiety that could occur in the workplace. The one-day course is advised for those who want to promote a mentally healthy work environment. You will not be eligible to be a first aider for Mental Health.

3 Hours
Virtual or Classroom

This qualification is for those aged 16 years and over who have an interest in Mental Health and would like to raise their awareness of Mental Health within the workplace and in general. You will not be eligible to be a first aider for Mental Health.

4 Hours
Virtual or Classroom

The Mental Health First Aid Refresher Course ensures that mental health first aiders and responders keep their skills fresh and maintain their confidence to perform their roles effectively.

2 Days
Virtual or Classroom

The Youth Mental Health First Aid for Schools Course is designed to equip educators and school staff with the knowledge and skills necessary to support the mental health and well-being of young people.

We can deliver MHFA training privately for your team either in a virtual classroom or nationwide at your venue or workplace.

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Mental Health First Aid Training Overview

The Mental Health First Aid Training course offers a comprehensive and engaging journey into understanding and supporting mental health in various environments. It begins with an introduction to mental health, providing a clear definition and context, while emphasising the importance of mental health awareness in today's society.

The course delves into the core principles of Mental Health First Aid, focusing on compassion, confidentiality, and providing non-judgmental support to those experiencing mental health issues.

Participants will learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of different mental health conditions, equipping them with the knowledge to identify when someone might be struggling.

A significant portion of the course is dedicated to responding effectively to mental health crises. This includes training in initial response techniques such as listening, reassuring, and comforting individuals in distress, along with guidance on when and how to escalate situations to professional help.

Moreover, the course covers strategies for supporting mental wellbeing on a longer-term basis. This involves teaching techniques for providing ongoing support and encouraging individuals to seek self-help and other support strategies.

Tailored to be relevant across various settings, the training provides participants with the skills and confidence to act as a point of first contact for mental health support in their communities, workplaces, or any other environments where they may be needed.

We Take A Unique Approach To Education:

Minimum of 5 Years Experience

Our trainers are equipped with a minimum of five years of experience in mental health first aid training. We firmly believe that this extensive experience is essential to ensuring the high quality of our training programmes.

Wide Range Of Learning Styles

We employ a wide range of learning styles to ensure that every participant has the opportunity to interact with the trainer throughout the course.

A Pleasant And Informal Approach

We embrace a friendly and informal approach that fosters a relaxed environment, encouraging learners to feel at ease.

We Prefer That Students Learn By

We prefer a learning approach that emphasises students sharing and discussing their own experiences.

Delegates Learn Life-Saving Skills

Students often work one-on-one with the instructor, who provides frequent feedback.

What qualifications do you need to be a Mental Health First Aider?

In the UK, to become a qualified Mental Health First Aider, you need to complete a specific training course accredited by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England or a similar accrediting body. Here are the key steps:

  1. Accredited Mental Health First Aid Course: Enrol in and complete an accredited Mental Health First Aid training course. These courses are typically one to two days in duration and are designed to teach you how to identify, understand, and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.
  2. Certification: Upon successfully completing the course, you will receive a certificate, which recognises you as a Mental Health First Aider.
  3. Continuous Professional Development: It's advisable to keep your knowledge and skills up to date. This can involve attending refresher courses or staying informed about the latest developments in mental health care.
  4. Personal Qualities: While not formal qualifications, qualities such as empathy, patience, good communication skills, and a non-judgmental attitude are essential for anyone looking to become a Mental Health First Aider.
  5. Background Check: Depending on your role and the settings in which you'll be using your MHFA skills (such as in schools or vulnerable adult settings), you might need to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

It's important to note that being a Mental Health First Aider is about providing initial support and guidance, not about being a therapist or a psychiatrist. The role is to offer initial help and to guide a person towards appropriate professional support.

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Can you do a Mental Health First Aid course online?

While you can complete a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course online, it's worth noting that virtual courses often offer a more interactive and engaging experience. The online option is convenient, allowing you to learn from any location with internet access. However, virtual courses, which are conducted live and allow real-time interaction, generally provide a more enriching learning environment.

Virtual courses offer several advantages:

  1. Real-Time Interaction: You can interact directly with the instructor and other participants, fostering a more dynamic and engaging learning experience.
  2. Immediate Feedback: Instructors can provide immediate responses to your questions and input, facilitating a more effective learning process.
  3. Interactive Activities: Many virtual courses include interactive elements like group discussions, role-playing, and case studies, which can enhance understanding and retention of the material.
  4. Networking Opportunities: Virtual courses allow you to connect with others who are interested in mental health, which can be valuable for building professional networks or finding support.
  5. Hands-On Learning: Although online, these courses often incorporate practical exercises, enabling you to apply what you've learned in a controlled environment.

In summary, while online MHFA courses offer the flexibility of self-paced learning, virtual courses provide a more immersive and interactive experience, which can be crucial for a topic as nuanced and sensitive as mental health first aid.

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