Leadership and management

Mental Health First Aid Champion

Designed to empower line managers with the knowledge and skills to spot mental ill-health and support positive wellbeing in the workplace.

6 hours

Members: £495 + VAT
Non-members: £595 + VAT

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Mental Health First Aid Champion


£495.00 Plus vat
Non Members:
£595.00 Plus vat


Designed to empower line managers with the knowledge and skills to spot mental ill-health and support positive wellbeing in the workplace.

Gain the necessary knowledge, confidence and skills to have positive mental health conversations. Remove any fear that you may experience, by being equipped with a structured, practical and flexible toolkit.  

During this course you will build your knowledge and awareness of mental health; learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues; and understand how stigma can be a barrier to open conversations in the workplace. Understand how to effectively guide a person towards appropriate support using the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan. You will also develop greater self-awareness around mental wellbeing.  

Research tells us that 1 in 4 people in England experience mental health issues each year, and that 1 in 6 workers in Great Britain will experience issues with depression, anxiety or stress at any given time. It is estimated that the cost of mental ill-health to UK employers is £42-£45bn each year, which considers the cost of absence (c£7bn), presenteeism (c£25-£27bn) (where individuals choose to attend work despite poor mental health but are unproductive in the work they do) and staff turnover (c£9bn). Recent studies tell us that the cost of absenteeism has reduced, however that the cost of presenteeism has increased, which is a great concern to employers.  

People in difficulty or distress often find it challenging to open up because of the stigma associated with mental health issues or fear of being treated differently. A trained Mental Health First Aid Champion can breakdown those initial barriers, have genuine non-judgemental conversations, and provide relief and appropriate support, as well as signposting pathways to pursue further help. You will also develop the skills to safeguard your own mental health. 

Delivery format

This course will be delivered using interactive virtual classroom technology. It comprises of two 3-hour virtual classrooms (VC).

Who should attend?

This programme is designed for people managers, line managers and leaders.

How will I benefit?

After this course you will be able to:

  • Identify stress factors in the workplace 
  • Identify best management practices to reduce stress and support employees 
  • Spot signs of mental ill health and understand which actions you can take 
  • Support positive wellbeing for yourself and others 

You’ll leave with a greater appreciation of how mental health issues can impact anyone at any time and have developed the knowledge, confidence and skills to support someone who may be experiencing distress. 

Contributes 6 CPD hours

Key topics

  • What is mental health? 
  • Prevalence of mental health issues 
  • Recovery 
  • Stigma and discrimination 
  • Factors that influence mental health, including those in the workplace 
  • Depression and anxiety 
  • Eating disorders, self-harm, psychosis, substance misuse 
  • Early warning signs of mental ill-health 
  • Supporting people in crisis 
  • Building a mentally healthy workplace 

Meet our trainers

These trainers regularly teach Mental Health First Aid Champion.

  • Sally Desborough

    Sally is an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor, approved by Mental Health First Aid England, and by extension the Royal Society of Public Health to deliver Mental Health First Aid England courses. Her background is in HR, where she started working in this profession in 2008.

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