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Adult MHFA - Online

Adult MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. Adult MHFA courses can be attended by people aged 16 upwards and are relevant for the general population.  

Delegates on an Adult MHFA course are taught a set of skills which enables them to support someone experiencing mental health issues. Each and every MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor, who has attended the 7 day instructor training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.

This two-day course is designed for all delegates wanting to expand their knowledge of Mental Health. It is recommended that a spread of Mental Health First Aiders are available across all levels and areas of an organisation.


This course will:

  • Teach practical skills that can be used every day, including being able to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and feel confident guiding people towards appropriate support
  • Give a deeper understanding of the issues that impact on and relate to people’s mental health

Our MHFA instructors deliver training in four manageable sections, each with a focus on how to apply Mental Health First Aid skills.  The online course is split into self-learning and live session tuition.

Session 1 – Self Learning (approximately 1 hour)

  • Why Mental Health First Aid?
  • The Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • What is mental health?
  • Impact of mental health issues
  • The Stress Container
  • Frame of reference

Session 2 – Live Session (approximately 2 hours)

  • Why Mental Health First Aid?
  • The Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • What is mental health?
  • Impacts of mental health issues
  • Stigma and discrimination

Session 3 – Self Learning (approximately 1 ½ hours)

  • What is depression?
  • Risk factors for depression
  • First aid for depression
  • Prevalence of suicide

Session 4 – Live Session (approximately 2 ½ hours)

  • What is depression?
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Risk factors for depression
  • Depression in the workplace
  • 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 5 – Self Learning (approximately 2 hours)

  • What is anxiety?
  • First aid for anxiety disorders
  • What are eating disorders?
  • First aid for eating disorders
  • What is self-harm?
  • First aid for self-harm
  • Personality disorders

Session 6 – Live Session (approximately 2 hours)

  • 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
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harm

Session 7 – Self Learning (approximately 2 hours)

  • What is psychosis?
  • Risk factors for psychosis
  • First aid for psychosis
  • Helpful and unhelpful responses

Session 8 – Live Session (approximately 2 hours)

  • 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

MHFA will not teach you how to be a therapist but will enable you to say you are a Mental Health First Aider.


Open courses - Courses are delivered throughout the year at our Plymouth Training Centre.  The cost per delegate is £325.00 plus VAT.  The Training Bundle fee per delegate is £295.00 plus VAT.

Please click here for more information on our Training Bundle fees.

Private courses - If you have 6 or more delegates a private course at a venue of your choice may be more suitable and cost effective option.  Contact our administration team on 01752 201616 for more information



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