Adult MHFA First Aider

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, running across two days. It is designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

The Adult MHFA training can be attended by adults aged 16 upwards, and is aimed at those without specialist mental health training.

Learning takes place across four manageable sessions. Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan. Everyone on the course is taught a set of skills which enables them to support someone experiencing mental health issues.

On completion of the course you will get a manual to refer to whenever you need it, a workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health and a certificate of attendance.


As a Mental Health First Aider you will gain

  • 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.


The course covers:

  • The Mental Health First Aid Action Plan
  • The impact of mental health issues, stigma and discrimination
  • Depression
  • Suicide
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Recovery


How will becoming a Mental Health First Aider help?​

Independent research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA course:

  • Raises mental health awareness
  • Reduces stigma around mental ill health
  • Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
  • Encourages people to start a conversation with a person who may  be experiencing a mental health issue
  • Promotes early intervention which enables recovery