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Mental Health First Aid

Become a fully certified Mental Health First Aider. Learn how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill-health in yourself and others and provide help on a first aid basis, even in a crisis situation.

2 days

Members: £350 + VAT
Non-members: £385 + VAT

We help people deeply understand mental health so they can empower themselves and others to lower stress, feel supported and live more happily.

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Mental Health First Aid


£350.00 Plus vat
Non Members:
£385.00 Plus vat


Become a fully certified Mental Health First Aider. Learn how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill-health in yourself and others and provide help on a first aid basis, even in a crisis situation.

This 2-day course will give you and your team a thorough understanding of mental health. Meaning that you can fully empower yourself and support others in lowering stress, improving resilience and well-being, and enjoying a more fulfilling and happier life.

Mental ill health is the single largest cause of disability in the UK, contributing up to 22.8% of the total burden, compared to 15.9% for cancer and 16.2% for cardiovascular disease. No health without mental health – Gov.UK

Internationally recognised Mental Health First Aid (MHFA England) teaches individuals the skills necessary to have an open and non-judgmental conversation, recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues and effectively guide a person towards the right support. Be that within the workplace, signposting professional help, with support from family or a combination.  It won't teach you to be a counsellor or therapist, but it will teach you how to listen, reassure and respond.

Delivered by trainers who have completed the rigorous MHFA England Instructor Training program, accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, this course is comprises of a mix of individual online learning and four tutor-led live virtual classrooms.

We also briefly touch on substance misuse and its impact on people's mental health as well as useful statistics that shows the prevalence of mental health issues in Great Britain and globally. Various activities are built into the individual learning and live sessions such as group discussions, quizzes, reflective activities, case studies and videos. These help bring the subject to life and support delegates in gaining the correct context, providing an accurate level of education and absorbing the information presented so that it can be practically applied.


Everyone that completes the course will become a qualified Mental Health First Aider and earn a certificate from Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA).

Free mental health first aid resources

All delegates will receive:
  • a mental health first aid manual containing a wealth of information
  • a workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health
  • a quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan

Who should attend?

Members and non-members of the Institution, L&D and HR departments, health and safety, operations and customer service. Anyone who works ‘front line’ with customers, who has felt the impact of the recent pandemic or is going through change in some form and would like to be better equipped to handle it.  This program can be delivered directly to organisations.

How will I benefit?

After attending this course you will have:

  • 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

You will also become a qualified Mental Health First Aider and earn a certificate from MHFA England.

Contributes 14 CPD hours

Key topics

  • What is mental health?
  • Prevalence of mental health issues; research and statistics
  • Impact of mental health issues
  • Stress
  • Recovery
  • Stigma & discrimination
  • What influences mental health?
  • Depression in the workplace
  • Anxiety, personality disorders and psychosis
  • Self-care
  • MHFA toolkit

Mapped against UK- SPEC competencies: E

  1. Professional commitment - For Incorporated and Chartered Engineers: ‘Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment’

Meet our trainers

These trainers regularly teach Mental Health First Aid.

  • 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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