Online Adult Mental Health First Aider Training

Accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, this online Mental Health First Aid course qualifies delegates to become Mental Health First Aiders.  This comprehensive online course is delivered over four accessible sessions of approximately 2hrs each with some self-directed learning in between with full access to the instructor outside of the live sessions.  The course will cover the following learnings:

Mental Health First Aider Course

Course Outline

Session 1

  • Why Mental Health First Aid?

  • The Mental Health First Aid action plan

  • What is mental health?

  • Impact of mental health issues

  • Stigma and discrimination

  • What is depression?

  • Symptoms of depression

  • Risk factors for depression

  • Depression in the workplace

Session 3

  • What is an anxiety disorder?

  • First aid for anxiety disorders

  • Crisis first aid after a traumatic event

  • Alcohol, drugs and anxiety disorders

  • Treatment and resources for anxiety disorders

  • Cognitive distortions and CBT

  • Personality disorders

  • Eating disorders

  • Self-harm

Session 2

  • Suicide figures

  • Alcohol, drugs and mental health

  • First aid for suicidal crisis

  • Non-judgemental listening skills

  • First aid for depression

  • Treatment and resources for depression

  • Self-care

Session 4

  • What is psychosis?

  • Risk factors for psychosis

  • Alcohol, drugs and psychosis

  • Schizophrenia

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Warning signs of developing psychosis

  • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis

  • Treatment and resources for psychosis

  • Recovery and building resources

  • Action planning for using MHFA


mental health facts

These are all frightening statistics, which demonstrate the prevalence of mental ill health amongst the workplace and the need to take action.  We all have mental health and we are all susceptible to mental ill health, which is an increasing challenge in today’s society.  As pressures on the individual to perform better, achieve more and balance a multitude of challenges grows, it is a problem which cannot be ignored for businesses large or small. 

Research shows that the ROI of early-stage supporting activities such as mental health de-stigmatising campaigns, mandatory training on wellbeing and activities to support an employee’s resilience can range up to 8:1 (Source: Deloitte).  

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Video Case Study

How completing the Mental Health First Aid course has helped employees within the workplace at Siemens.

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Mental Health Course Details

Useful information on the MHFA course

Why train with us?

Our instructors are trained by MHFA England who are the only provider of licensed Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training in England and accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the mental health equivalent of physical first aid and the evidence-based training provides participants with the skills and confidence to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues and effectively guide a person towards the right support.

What we cover

Learning takes place through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions. At the end of our two-day course your employees who attend will be qualified Mental Health First Aiders giving them:

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the signs that someone might be experiencing a range of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support an employee who is in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by signposting them to further support eg: self-help resources, internal support such as EAP or external sources as their GP and other health professionals.
  • An understanding of how to keep themselves save whilst performing their duties and supporting others.

How it works

This comprehensive course will be delivered via an online learning platform until the Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted and it is safe to learn in person. The course is divided into 4 manageable live online sessions with some self-directed learning in between and with access to the trainer throughout the course. Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions, activities and there is plenty of opportunity to ask questions as we go along. Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan. We can accept a maximum of 16 people on any one course at a time, to ensure that the instructor can keep people safe and supported whilst they learn.

Learning outcomes

Everyone who completes the course will get:

  • A certificate of attendance to confirm they are a Mental Health First Aider.
  • A manual to refer back to should they need it.
  • A quick reference card to remind them of the Mental Health First Aid action plan.
  • A workbook that includes a helpful toolkit to support their own wellbeing.
  • A copy of the Line Managers’ Resource, an invaluable source of advice on how support an employee experiencing mental ill health.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis. Adult MHFA courses are for everyone aged 16 upwards. Every MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor who has attended our Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, and is trained to keep people safe and supported while they learn.

How will attending an Mental Health First Aid course help?

Research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA course:

  • Raises awareness and mental health literacy
  • Reduces stigma around mental ill health
  • Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
  • Promotes early intervention which enables recovery

Learn more about MHFA

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