Mental Health First Aid

Courses – Youth, Adult and Higher Education  Mental Health First Aid courses

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MHFA England (Mental Health First Aid) are on a mission to train one in ten of the population in England in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) skills – because we all have mental health.

The Royal Society of Public Health accredited courses empowers people to care for themselves and others. The are designed to reduce stigma through understanding, breaking down barriers to the support that people may need to stay well, recover, or manage their symptoms – to thrive in learning, work and life.

Lead trainer Christine Moran has over 20 years experience in therapeutic, teaching, training, writing and consulting roles in adult and children and family settings including commerce, education, third sector and local authority. As well as running Positive Energy Being, Christine runs trainings for many high profile organisations including Mind, Time to Change, Public Health England and OCD Action. At Positive Energy Being we place wellbeing at the heart of everything we do. We focus on empowering others to understand, accept, support, and reach their potential.

Many courses are on offer. Booking your training today by calling 07548 690170 or email

Adult Mental Health First Aid

2 day, 1 day and Half Day Aware courses available

– 2 day course

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 people from all walks of life.

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 support with their own mental health.
Become a Mental Health First Aider

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.

Our Adult MHFA Two Day course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider.

Join the 500,000 trained MHFA delegates

“I feel like I have a good understanding and more knowledge on mental health. Very good training and instructor – I will recommend the course to others.”

Mental Health First Aiders have:

  • 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 – whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix

​What to expect

Learning takes place across four manageable sessions. Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan.

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.

Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health
  • A certificate of attendance to say you are a Mental Health First Aider

Course Structure

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


Youth (MHFA) Mental Health First Aid

2 day, 1 day and Half day courses available

  – 2 day first aided course

As more young people are being diagnosed with a mental health condition it is essential that we provide an environment where it is safe to talk about mental health and to understand how early intervention can help with recovery. This two day course will give you the skills, confidence and knowledge to support a young person who may be suffering or in crisis. Suitable for anyone that supports a young person aged 8-18.

The course covers:

  • What is mental health? 
  • Issues that young people face
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Suicide and psychosis
  • Self-harm and eating disorders 

Research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA course:

  • Raises awareness and mental health literacy
  • Reduces stigma around mental ill health
  • Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
  • Promotes early intervention which enables recovery 

 The two day accredited Youth MHFA training can be arranged on site

Course fee includes certification and very comprehensive handbook

Youth all courses – adapted


Higher Education (MHFA) Mental Health First Aid – 1 day Champions course

Our intensive Higher Education mental health awareness and skills course was created in consultation with leading student mental health charity Student Minds. It was piloted in 16 universities and evaluated by the University of Chester.

This one day course qualifies you as a Higher Education MHFA Champion.

It is designed to give you:

• A deeper understanding of the issues that relate to student and staff mental health 

• Skills to spot early signs of mental ill health

• Confidence to signpost someone to support – whether that’s through self-help resources, university counselling services, the NHS, or a mix

• Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness

Booking your training today by calling 07548 690170 or email

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What Mental Health First Aiders say they gain:

·         An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing

·         Practical skills to spot the triggers, signs and symptoms 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 guide someone towards appropriate help and support, such as self-help resources, their employer, the NHS, or emotional support services

The training is delivered by accredited mental health instructors and incorporates a copy of the MHFA Training Manual and a Z-card containing MHFA information. Participants of 2 day courses receive a certificate on completion of the course.

This training is open to anyone over 18 years of age including employers, professionals, service providers, carers, service users, and the general public.

Contact for upcoming courses:

You can register your interest in attending the course by filling out the MHFA booking form.

If you are interested in a group booking, please contact us via

If you have any questions, then please email


Useful infographic – How as a trained Mental Health First Aider I can help:

World Mental Health Day – October 2017

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