Mental Health First Aid

This two-day course aims to give delegates the knowledge and confidence to recognise signs of mental health problems so you can encourage sufferers to seek the right help, and to reduce the stigma around mental illness.

Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £1,850; Standard / Concessionary £1,730 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

Course contains

Day One

Mental health

  • Why mental health first aid?
  • English mental health policy.
  • Common mental health problems.
  • Attitudes and the SHIFT anti-stigma campaign.
  • The five steps of mental health aid.

Depression and suicide

  • Identifying symptoms and risk factors.
  • Alcohol and drugs.
  • First aid, treatment and resources.
  • Suicide in England.
  • Crisis first aid for suicidal behaviour and overdose.

Day Two

Anxiety disorders

  • Identifying symptoms.
  • Alcohol and drugs.
  • Treatment and resources.
  • Crisis first aid for panic attacks and acute stress reaction.
  • Expressions of distress and despair, including self-harm.


  • What is psychosis?
  • Symptoms of and risk factors.
  • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis.
  • Treatment and resources.
  • Action planning for using Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)*.

Suitable for

  • Anyone working with a diverse client group, which may include people with mental health illnesses, suffering from depression or self-harming.
  • Front-line professionals with some experience of working directly with people with mental health issues.
  • Managers who supervise front-line staff or have a specialist development role in mental health services.

Our trainers for this course are MHFA-approved instructors.

CPD hours 2