Adult Online MHFA Course

Our Adult MHFA Course, which is now available as an online course, qualifies you as a full Mental Health First Aider. This qualification lasts for 3 years and can be extended for a further 3 years by taking the 4 hour Refresher course.

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.



£300  per person or £3,000 (Discounted to £2,700) for in-house training with up to 16 delegates (or 12 online).


11th and 13th Jul

9th and 11th Aug

6th and 8th Sept


(Made up of 

2 x 9.30am - 5pm days - mix of live online sessions and private study)

Tracy's delivery of the course was excellent. She is extremely knowledgeable and created such a warm, open and safe space for us all to work. I would most definitely recommend the course and, in particular, Tracy's delivery. Thank you.”

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What to expect:

  • 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 (rather than the usual two full days with face-to-face sessions), 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.

  • You will receive an MHFA manual in advance of the sessions to keep and refer to whenever you need it. 

  • Everyone who completes the course gets 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 and a workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health

Online course structure:

The course structure differs slightly with it being delivered online. There are still 4 sessions covering all the same content as the face-to-face course but just a mix of individual learning and live sessions. 


Session 1

Individual learning (1 hour) - pre-course:

  • 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)

  • Activity 1: Why Mental Health First Aid?

  • Activity 2: The Mental Health First Aid action plan

  • Activity 3: What is mental health?

  • Activity 4: Quiz: Impact of mental health

  • Activity 5: Stress Container (completed after live session)

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

Live session (2 hour 30 minutes):

  • Introduction to course functions

  • Introduction to the course

  • ALGEE and mental health introduction recap

  • Stigma

  • Risk and protective factors

  • 10 minute break

  • Frame of Reference

  • The Mental Health Continuum

  • Introduction to the Stress Container

Session 2

Individual learning (2 hours):

  • Activity 7: What is depression?

  • Activity 8: Risk factors for depression

  • Activity 9: Mental Health First Aid for depression

  • Activity 10: Introduction to suicide

Live session (2 hours 30 minutes):

  • Recap of individual learning on depression

  • Prevalence of suicide

  • Suicide, substance misuse and dual diagnosis

  • Analyse the impact of suicidal feelings

  • Recap of ALGEE and risk factors for suicide

  • Explain Mental Health First Aid action plan 1 for suicide

  • 10 minute break

  • Explain non-judgemental listening, Empathy video

  • Practice using ALGEE in case study scenarios

  • Review of ALGEE for suicide and depression

  • Self-care


Session 3

Individual learning (2 hours):

  • Activity 11: What is anxiety?

  • Activity 12: Mental Health First Aid for anxiety

  • Activity 13: What are eating disorders?

  • Activity 14: Mental Health First Aid for eating disorders

  • Activity 15: What is self-harm?

  • Activity 16: Mental Health First Aid for self-harm

  • Activity 17: What are personality disorders?

Live session (2 hours 30 minutes):

  • Recap of individual learning of anxiety

  • Recap of the five basic steps of ALGEE for anxiety

  • Explain action 1 for anxiety

  • How to support someone who is having a panic attack

  • Explain crisis first aid

  • Practice action 2: non-judgemental listening

  • 10 minute break

  • Practice applying the MHFA action plan for anxiety

  • Recap of ALGEE 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):

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

  • Activity 19: Risk factors for psychosis

  • Activity 20: Mental Health First Aid for psychosis

  • Activity 21: Helpful and unhelpful responses

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

Live session (2 hours): 

  • Review of individual learning on psychosis

  • Explain the development of symptoms of psychosis

  • Review the five steps of ALGEE for psychosis

  • Group discussion about MHFA Australia psychosis video

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

  • 10 minute break

  • Recovery

  • Explore how to build a mentally healthy workplace

  • Start action plan to use Mental Health First Aid

  • Feedback


As and when it is appropriate and safe to, we will be offering face-to-face training again as well.


What to expect:

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

  • You will get an MHFA manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it. When you complete the 2 days you'll get a certificate to say you are a Mental Health First Aider. 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

"Tracy was personable, empathetic and kind, she created a safe environment that generated an inviting atmosphere for people to talk openly and frankly. She has filled me with confidence even though I have been a nurse for 30+ years I have learnt new skills that I know I will use. I recommend everyone attends this course."

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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