Mental Health First Aid Course

Our 2 Day Mental Health First Aid course runs throughout the year, in locations throughout the UK. Courses are open to the public and come with a recognised MHFA qualification.


With 1 in 4 people in the UK experiencing a mental health challenge each year, there has never been more of a need to ensure your organisation is equipped to support your colleagues.  We believe every organisation should have at least one member of staff with formal mental health first aid training, in the same way we have a physical first aider.

That's TV Scotland recently broadcast a feature on our Mental Health First Aid Course, and the benefits it can bring to individuals and companies. Please watch the video below, where course leader Scott Newby talks about the purpose and benefits of MHFA.












Learning outcomes


Our 2 day MHFA course comes with a FAA Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health. On completion of the course you will:

  • Know what mental health is, and why people develop mental health conditions

  • Understand the role of a First Aider for mental health

  • Know how to provide advice and practical support for a person presenting a suspected mental health condition

  • Know how to recognise and manage stress

  • Understand the impact of substance abuse on mental health

  • Understand the first aid action plan for mental health and be able to put it in place

  • Know how to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace

  • Understand a range of mental health disorders including Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Self-harm, Suicide, Eating disorders, Personality disorders, Bipolar, Psychosis and Schizophrenia

  • Describe the characteristics, including signs and/or symptoms, of each of these mental health conditions

  • Understand the support/therapy provided by professional healthcare providers in cases of these disorders

Entry requirements

The qualification is available to learners aged 16 or over. 


It may be possible to allocate a reasonable adjustment to a learner who has a disability, medical condition or learning need; please contact us to discuss your needs.

The MHFA course has been developed in association with the awarding organisation First Aid Awards (FAA). Our main aim is to raise the awareness of mental health within the British public and UK workplaces through national qualifications regulated by Ofqual which are listed on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). On completion of the course you will receive the 'FAA Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health'. For full information on what the course will cover, please click here to download the qualification specification document.

How much does the MHFA Course cost?

The cost of the open courses varies by location. Please see our Dates and Locations page for detailed cost information. All our courses can be booked and paid for online, or you can request an invoice.   Lunch and refreshments will be provided on both days. Please advise us of any dietary or access requirements at the time of booking. Please read our booking T&Cs here.

Due to the high demand for these courses, registration is only confirmed upon receipt of payment.  We are happy to provide invoices, however, request these are paid within 14 working days to confirm your place. You can do this by clicking the button below.


In-House Courses - Mental Health First Aid at Work 

We also run in-house MHFA courses across the UK. These courses focus mainly on psychological and mental health in the workplace, and can be carried out in your own business premises or at an agreed location.  Costs are dependant on location and catering. In-house courses are ideal for organisations with a high number of staff to be trained.  They can also be tailored to your organisational needs. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.  We are delighted to offer the following courses in-house:

If the course you were hoping to attend is fully booked,

please email us to be added to the waiting list.

0131 564 0237

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