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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course - online or face-to-face

/media/coursedescriptions/library/facebook-event-images-4.jpgThis Online Mental Health First Aid course is an online version of the face-to-face Adult Two Day Mental Health First Aid training. It is a blended learning course with 4 live sessions to attend virtually as well as guided, individual learning tasks to complete online. The total time commitment is around 15 hours and is very similar to the two day course but it is spread out over the course of a week. 

What is Mental Health First Aid?

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Course Timings

The live sessions are led by one of our approved MHFA England Instructors and are interactive, involving presentation of slides, video clips, activities, discussion and case studies, which you will explore as a group to embed learning.

The live sessions are either morning or afternoon sessions.

You will be given a log-on to the new MHFA England Online Learning Hub. You should plan to log on 20 minutes early on the day of your first live session. If you have any difficulties with the technology we will have someone available by phone to help you sort them out before the session starts.

You need to complete activities 1 – 4 prior to the Live Session 1. Once a live session has taken place, the next set of activities you need to complete will be made available to you.

Course Content

The course covers the following content across 4 sessions:

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 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 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 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

It is important to recognise that this course covers material that you may find emotionally triggering. Your self-care and your safety throughout the course is very important. You should consider identifying someone who could potentially support you during or after the course if you need it.

Qualification Details

This training will qualify you as a Mental Health First Aider and you will receive a MHFA England certificate on completion of the course. There are no pre-requisites to attend but you should have a strong interest in the subject.

Q. What is the difference between the Adult MHFA Two Day course and the Online Mental Health First Aid course?

The Online Mental Health First Aid course has been developed to ensure that our proven Mental Health First Aid training can continue to be delivered where social distancing measures may prevent face-to-face delivery. We have taken the time to tailor the learner experience to suit the online environment and are confident that the Online Mental Health First Aid course delivers the same learning outcomes as the face-to-face Adult MHFA Two Day course.

It is not a replacement for our face-to-face classroom based Adult MHFA Two Day course. However, it will be a permanent alternative option for delivery. This course can be delivered where classroom learning may not be possible, or when clients or learners would prefer the alternative accessibility and flexibility of an online course delivering the same learning outcomes.

Booking a Course

Our public online course dates are listed below. You can book and pay online directly or reserve your place and request an invoice.

If you would like to book a private online group course for staff at your workplace please contact us by phone on 0207 193 2608 or email: to schedule the live sessions on times and dates suitable for you.