Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training

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Would you know how to help?

We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Mental ill health can strike at any time and can affect everyone.  Although things are improving, stigma still exists around mental ill health. As a society, we don’t tend to know how to take care of our mental health like we do our physical health. This means that people may not know how to support a friend, family member or colleague experiencing a mental health issue, or where to go for help with their own mental health.

Become a Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. 

MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening. 

You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill health and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe. 

You’ll also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more. 

What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma in the world around you. 

By becoming an MHFAider® with us you’ll have access to continuous support – well beyond your initial certification – so you are confident, empowered and motivated to carry out your role.  You will get three years’ access to MHFAider® support and benefits which includes 24/7 digital support through the MHFAider Support App®. From there, you will find exclusive resources, ongoing learning opportunities and the benefit of joining England’s largest community of trained MHFAiders®. 

What will you learn on this 2 day course?

Day 1:Day 2:
·         MHFA & the MHFA role
·         Self-Care
·         What is Mental Health?
·         Helpful & Useful Language in Mental Health
·         Understanding self
·         Stress & the impact on Mental Health
·         What influences Mental Health?
·         ALGEE
·         MHFA Conversation practice.
·         What is Anxiety?
·         What is a traumatic event?
·         Active listening & Empathy
·         What are eating disorders?
·         What is self-harm?
·         What is substance Misuse?
·         What is depression?
·         What is suicide?
·         What is psychosis?
·         ALGEE
·         MHFA conversation practice.
·         Recovery & lived experience.
·         Boundaries as a MHFA
·         Self-Care – Revisited
·         Moving Forward as a MHFA & action plan. 

Read some of the feedback we’ve received so far:

I really enjoyed the course!

“I really enjoyed the course and feel I’ve left with a lot of knowledge and understanding. I will now feel very confident speaking with someone who is struggling with their mental health”.
MHFA participant

Very enjoyable course

“Very enjoyable course to attend, lots of resources given and helpful tips/advice. Very good practical scenarios which helped concrete knowledge. Would highly recommend to colleagues”.
MHFA participant

Most useful and informative course

“Probably the most useful and informative course I have ever attended. The material was clear and concise, and the format was excellent. The delivery of the course was exceptional; and the attendees (including myself) clearly grew in confidence and understanding throughout the two days. By the end of the course, I felt empowered and inspired to help people with their mental health and I’d thoroughly recommend this course to anyone wishing to get a better understanding of the issues surrounding mental health and how to take the first steps to help others, and to look after our own mental health, too.”
MHFA participant

Course costs:

The Wellbeing Service is able to run a number of programmes each year at a discounted rate of £45 per person on allocated course dates only, please see course dates calendar below. Due to a high interest in this course at this discounted price, we can only allocate a max of 2 places per company/organisation on each of the courses.

If you are an organisation/business that is looking to train a group of people together, please contact us for further details and costings on private courses.

Upcoming courses:

MonthCourse DatesVenueTimePlaces
JanWeds 24th and 31st 2024Focus, Heritage House, Fisherman’s Wharf, Grimsby, DN31 1SY9am-5pmMax. 16
MarchMon 18th and 25th 2024 Focus, Heritage House, Fisherman’s Wharf, Grimsby, DN31 1SY9am-5pmMax. 16
MayTues 21st and 28th 2024Focus, Heritage House, Fisherman’s Wharf, Grimsby, DN31 1SY9am-5pmMax. 16
JulyTues 23rd and 30th 2024 Focus, Heritage House, Fisherman’s Wharf, Grimsby, DN31 1SY9am-5pmMax. 16
SeptemberTues 17th and 24th 2024Focus, Heritage House, Fisherman’s Wharf, Grimsby, DN31 1SY9am-5pmMax. 16
NovemberTues 19th and 26th 2024Focus, Heritage House, Fisherman’s Wharf, Grimsby, DN31 1SY9am-5pmMax. 16

Booking details:

To book a place on a course, please do so via:

To enquire further, please call 01472 326937 or email

Page last updated: 10 Oct 2023