Mental Health First Aid (Adult)


This online course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider, giving you:

  • 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

Format (as taken from Mental Health First Aid England)

  • This is an online course delivered through the MHFA England Online Learning Hub
  • Learning takes place through four live training sessions, spread across two weeks, with self-learning activities in between. See course structure section below for more detail 
  • 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

Delegates will receive:

  • A certificate of attendance to say you are a Mental Health First Aider
  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health

How do I book?

Contact our training team by emailing or by calling 0207 840 3069.

Course outline

Session 1

Individual Learning (1 hour)

Live Session (1 hour 45 mins)

Introduction to the Online Mental Health First Aid course and the Online Learning Hub (course overview, safety procedure, attending live sessions, and completing individual learning activities)

Introduction to course functions

Activity 1: Why Mental Health First Aid?

Introduction to the course

Activity 2: The Mental Health First Aid action plan

ALGEE and mental health introduction recap

Activity 3: What is mental health?


Activity 4: Quiz: Impact of mental health

Risk and protective factors

Activity 5: Stress Container (completed after live session)

Frame of Reference

Activity 6: Frame of Reference (completed after live session)

The Mental Health Continuum


Introduction to the Stress Container

 Session 2

Individual Learning (2 hours)

Live Session (2 hours 20 mins)

Activity 7: What is depression?

Recap of individual learning on depression

Activity 8: Risk factors for depression

Prevalence of suicide

Activity 9: Mental Health First Aid for depression

Suicide, substance misuse and dual diagnosis

Activity 10: Introduction to suicide

Analyse the impact of suicidal feelings


Recap of ALGEE and risk factors for suicide


Explain Mental Health First Aid action plan 1 for suicide


Explain non-judgemental listening, Empathy video


Practice using ALGEE in case study scenarios


Review of ALGEE for suicide and depression



Session 3

Individual Learning (2 hours)

Live Session (2 hours)

Activity 11: What is anxiety?

Recap of individual learning on anxiety

Activity 12: Mental Health First Aid for anxiety

Recap of the five basic steps of ALGEE for anxiety

Activity 13: What are eating disorders?

Explain action 1 for anxiety

Activity 14: Mental Health First Aid for eating disorders

How to support someone who is having a panic attack

Activity 15: What is self-harm?

Explain crisis first aid

Activity 16: Mental Health First Aid for self-harm

Practice action 2: non-judgemental listening

Activity 17: What are personality disorders?

Practice applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan for anxiety


Explain cognitive behavioural therapy


Recap of eating disorders and self-harm


Case study for eating disorders and self-harm


Review ALGEE for eating disorders and self-harm

Session 4

Individual Learning (2 hours)

Live Session (1 hour 55 mins)

Activity 18: What are psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?

Review of individual learning on psychosis

Activity 19: Risk factors for psychosis

Explain the development of symptoms of psychosis

Activity 20: Mental Health First Aid for psychosis

Review the five steps of ALGEE for psychosis

Activity 21: Helpful and unhelpful responses

Group discussion about MHFA Australia psychosis video

Workbook Activity 10: My action plan for using Mental Health First Aid (completed after live session)

Case study activity using Mental Health First Aid action plan for psychosis




Explore how to build a mentally healthy workplace


Start action plan to use Mental Health First Aid



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