Mental Health First Aid
Camden and Islington

In this two day course you will learn to recognise early signs of mental health problems and respond appropriately to assist people in your community, family or workplace. You will gain practical skills to offer initial support to someone experiencing and mental health problem, while keeping yourself safe. You will also be provided with local service information so that you can feel confident assisting someone to get the right support.

Who is it for?

Rethink Mental Illness offers two day Mental Health First Aid courses that are FREE to anyone who lives, works, studies or volunteers in Islington or Camden.

We also run one day Mental Health Awareness courses for public service workplaces - free in Islington and Camden for most non-mental health professional public facing staff. Please contact us for more details at:


Adult Mental Health First Aid 

Who is it for? – This course equips participants in the same way as a physical first aid course, teaching participants how to give initial support to someone experiencing a mental health problem until professional treatment can be accessed.

Book your two-day Adult Mental Health First Aid course now using our Eventbrite online booking system by clicking the link next to your selected course below.


Adult MHFA Open Camden, 27 & 28 January 2020, (London Irish Centre):

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For any questions or other enquiries contact the Mental Health Training Team on or 020 7840 3069.


Youth Mental Health First Aid

Who is it for? – This course delivers the same principals as the adult course, but is for anyone who teaches, works with, lives with or cares for young people (8-18). It will also cover other topics specific to young people that include child, adolescent and family psychosis, bullying/cyber bullying and promoting protective factors and good parenting.


Youth MHFA Open Camden, 14 &15 January 2020 (London Irish Centre):

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Youth MHFA Open Islington, 3 & 4 February 2020, (North London Buddhist Centre):

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Youth MHFA Open Camden, 17 & 18 February 2020, (London Irish Centre):

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For any questions or other enquiries contact the Mental Health Training Team on or 020 7840 3069.


Mental Health Awareness

Who is it for? - The course gives a better understanding of mental health and illness, an understanding of the effects of stigma and discrimination on mental health, a basic understanding of common and less common mental health conditions, how stress can impact mental health and where to find key sources of information on mental health.

Mental Health Awareness NO CURRENT COURSE DATES

For any questions or other enquiries contact the Mental Health Training Tream on or 020 7840 3069


FAQ - Mental Health First Aid

What is Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)?

MHFA is a two-day course that teaches participants how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues and to respond appropriately. You'll learn how to help people in your community, family or workplace, and practical skills to support someone while keeping yourself safe, as well as local service information for signposting people to.

Who are the trainers?

Rethink Mental Illness has a team of experienced trainers who deliver both MHFA programmes in Islington. Thanks to external funding, we are pleased to be able to offer FREE places to those living, working, volunteering or studying in Islington or Camden on both the Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid courses.

What else do I need to know?

The 12-hour training programme is run over two days, unless otherwise stated programmes will start at 9.30am and finish at 5pm.

Delegates will receive a certificate and course materials upon successful completion of the course.

Why do Mental Health First Aid training?

There is widespread ignorance of mental ill health in the general population and there is the associated stigma too. For some the stigma can lead to delays in people seeking help and support.

There is also a lack of confidence in what to do if someone is distressed or in a crisis situation.

MHFA is a response to this with the aim of improving mental health literacy throughout communities, with the belief that mental health crises, such as suicidal and self-harming actions, can sometimes be avoided by early intervention. 

People attending the course scored it an average of eight out of 10 for feeling more confident to help someone with mental health problems and for knowing where to go for help in Islington.

Want to know more?

Contact the External Training Team on or 020 7840 3069

We can also provide quotations to deliver Mental Health Awareness or Mental Health First Aid courses nationally outside Islington and Camden. Please visit or contact us at for more information.

Managing Suicidal Conversations Training from the Samaritans

Public Health across Camden and Islington have commissioned the Samaritans to deliver a FREE one day training course called ‘Managing Suicidal Conversations’. The course is designed to support council staff in the two Boroughs whose role brings them into direct contact with people who have suicidal feelings especially staff with no prior training in mental health or similar relevant professional training. Like first aid, the training doesn’t turn people into expert counsellors, but gives them valuable tools to help someone in the first instance. This can be the difference between life and death.

At the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Provide emotional first aid to people who feel suicidal
  • Listen for feelings as well as meaning and respond appropriately
  • Acknowledge suicidal feelings
  • Make sensitive and effective referrals
  • Use support effectively.

Delegates can book onto the training by contacting: or Delegates can also book onto the course through TDS online. If you are not yet set up on TDS Online then please contact or 020 7974 2821 and they will set you up so that they can book on. Please forward on to anyone in your team who would find the training useful.

Forthcoming training is open to Camden and Islington staff and bookings are being taken now for dates early in the new year.

Additional dates:

  • 16th Jan – Crowndale Centre
  • 26th Feb   222 Upper Street
  • 2nd Mar    222 Upper Street
  • 19th Mar  Crowndale Centre

Three courses are reserved preferably for Camden staff and three for Islington staff (see above) so that staff have an opportunity to network and have conversations that are more focused on local issues with others working in the same borough. However if delegates are not able to make a date reserved for their borough they can attend any one of the four dates depending on what suits them best. 

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