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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised programme ideal for HR practitioners, managers, employees, volunteers or anyone with an interest in mental wellbeing.

MHFA is valuable in providing information on a range of mental health problems, along with reducing stigma and encouraging early intervention. MHFA does not intend to train people to become therapists, but to provide them with knowledge of the first signs and symptoms of a range of mental health problems, and the confidence to intervene when a problem is observed – in the same way that they might in physical First Aid programmes. Once your employees have been through the course they are able to call themselves Mental Health First Aiders.


The aims of MHFA are:

  • To pre-empt work related stress, anxiety and depression
  • To prevent mental health problems becoming more serious
  • To promote recovery
  • To provide support to an employee experiencing mental health problems
  • To raise awareness of mental health problems in the community and in the workplace
  • To reduce stigma and discrimination
  • To preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others


MHFA Online 

Mental Health First Aid is now also available as an online offering:

  • The learning outcomes are exactly the same as the face-to-face 2 day accreditation programme
  • Content for the delegates is split between individual learning
  • The programme is separated into 4 sessions and it is also recommended that the 4 live sessions are delivered on separate days (the approx time for each session is in the table below)

  • As there is pre-learning for each session, allowing time in between the ‘live’ sessions for this is recommended
  • The preferred means of delivery for this programme is through Zoom (MHFA England’s recommendation)
  • The minimum attendees is 8 and the maximum attendees is 16 (MHFA England recommends 12)
  • All delegates will receive the usual manual and workbook in advance of the session, with the electronic certificate emailed to them following successful attendance of all 4 sessions
  • Webcams on for delegates, is recommended



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