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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.

This 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.

Role profile:

This course does not teach people to be therapists or how to diagnose mental health conditions. Instead, your role is to act as a point of contact and reassurance for a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. 

Once qualified, you will be encouraged to refresh your skills every three years via a MHFA England Refresher course.


Course materials are provided to all delegates. The materials include a large manual, activities workbook and a quick reference guide.

Independent learning activities:

In between sessions, delegates are required to complete independent learning activities on our online activity hub. Activities and their estimated completion time have been listed below.

• Prior to live session 1 (1 hour): Introduction & Activities 01 – 04
• Prior to live session 2 (2 hours): Activities 05 – 10
• Prior to live session 3 (2 hours): Activities 11 - 17
• Prior to live session 4 (2 hours): Activities 18 – 21