Saturday 17 August 2019

Mental Health First Aid

Please note that this course has been postponed.  If you are interested in attending this two day course please contact Kirsty Lowe at

East Midlands Councils is holding a two day Mental Health First Aid course.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training teaches people to spot the symptoms of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide a person towards support.  MHFA does not teach people to be therapists, but it does teach people to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis - and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.  The two day course provides the following: 

  • An in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) 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.

Everyone on an Adult MHFA course is 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 seven day instructor training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.

What will I learn on a two day MHFA course?

Our MHFA instructors deliver training in four manageable chunks, each with a focus on how to apply Mental Health First Aid skills:

Session 1 (Day 1)

Mental Health First Aid, mental health, and depression.

Session 2 (Day 1)

Depression (cont.) and suicidal crisis.

Session 3 (Day 2)

Anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and self-harm.

Session 4 (Day 2)

Psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. 


Everyone who attends the course will receive a copy of the MHFA manual and workbook, which are both excellent support resources.

When you have completed the course you will also receive a certificate to confirm that you are a trained Mental Health First Aider. 

How will becoming a Mental Health First Aider help?

The course will:

  • Give a deeper understanding of the issues that impact on and relate to people’s mental health
  • 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 Independent research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA course:


  • Raises awareness and mental health literacy
  • Reduces stigma around mental ill health and feel confident guiding people towards appropriate support
  • Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues - Encourages people to start a conversation with a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue
  • Promotes early intervention which enables recovery MHFA won’t teach you how to be a therapist, but you will be able to say you’re a Mental Health First Aider. 

Course information

To qualify as a mental health first aiders 100% attendance on both days (9am to 5pm)                                                                                                                                             


£325 - for EMC members

£350 - associate members

£390 - non-members

All prices are subject to VAT.


Pera Business Park Nottingham Road Melton Mowbray Leicestershire LE13 0PB

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