Mental Health First Aider - MHFA England

Qualified MHFAider®


Train as a Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider®) and receive three years of certification, plus access to ongoing benefits.

This course is ideal for individuals who would like to become an MHFAider® to gain the knowledge and skills to spot signs of people experiencing poor mental health, be confident to start a conversation and signpost a person to appropriate support.​

In addition to the course, you will become part of the largest MHFAider® community in England, gaining access to resources, ongoing learning and 24/7 digital support through our MHFAider Support App®, to give you the tools and knowledge you need to carry out the role effectively and confidently, whether that be in your workplace, a volunteer role, or in the community.

Course Outcomes

As an MHFAider® you will be able to:

  • Recognise and support people who may be experiencing poor mental health
  • Signpost to sources of professional help and other support
  • Practise active listening and empathy
  • Speak confidently about mental health language and stigma
  • Understand the boundaries and confidentiality of the MHFAider® role
  • Practise self-care


On completion of this course, you will receive: 

  • A hard copy workbook to support learning throughout the course 
  • A digital manual to refer back to
  • A wallet-sized reference card with the Mental Health First Aid action plan​ 
  • A digital MHFAider® certificate  
  • Access to the MHFAider Support App® for three years 

Course Plan

  • Course led by an approved MHFA England Instructor
  • Each session is a maximum of 3hrs 45mins, covering 14 hours of content in total
  • Learning takes place through a mix of instructor led training, group discussions, individual and group activities
  • Each session builds on the previous, enabling you to gain confidence in supporting others with a Mental Health First Aid action plan

Session 1

  • Mental Health First Aid ​and the action plan
  • The MHFAider® role ​and self-care
  • Helpful and unhelpful language
  • Useful models to support the role

Session 2

  • What influences mental health?
  • What is anxiety?
  • Crisis first aid
  • Active listening and empathy
  • What are eating disorders?
  • What is self-harm?
  • What is substance misuse?​

Session 3

  • Applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • What is depression?
  • What is suicide?
  • Crisis first aid ​continued
  • What is psychosis?

Session 4

  • Recovery and lived experience
  • Boundaries in the MHFAider® role
  • Moving forward in the MHFAider® role
  • My MHFA action plan


This course requires a minimum of 8 participants to run, and has a maximum capacity of 16 participants.


Third Sector, Education & Community Organisations

Statutory and Business

Per Person £240 £300
Group Rate (12-16 participants) £2400 £3000

In addition, charges are added for Instructors’ travel expenses, accommodation and refreshments if outside West Essex, and any venue hire costs incurred.

More Information

This course is available face to face, or virtually on the MHFA England Online Learning Hub.

To find out more about this course or to enquire about booking, please complete the form below:

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