Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before professional help is obtained. MHFA does not teach people to be therapists. However, it does teach people how to recognise the symptoms of mental health problems, how to provide initial help and how to guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

One in four British adults will experience at least one diagnosable Mental Health problem in any one year. Mental Health First Aid teaches you the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis. The first aid is given to provide comfort and preserve life until appropriate help is received or until the crisis resolves.

The course is an intensive 12 hours covered over two days.

Day 1 (am)

Day 1 (pm)

Why Mental Health First Aid?
Common mental health problems
Attitudes & the SHIFT anti-stigma campaign
The five steps of mental health first aid
What is depression?
Symptoms of depression
Alcohol, drugs and depression
Risk factors for depression
Suicide in England
Crisis first aid for suicidal behaviour
Crisis first aid for overdose
First aid for depression
Treatment and resources for depression

Day 2 (am)

Day 2 (pm)

What are anxiety disorders?
Symptoms of anxiety disorders
Alcohol, drugs and anxiety disorders
Crisis first aid for panic attacks
Crisis first aid for acute stress reaction
Treatments and resources for anxiety disorders
Expressions of distress and despair including self harm
What is psychosis?
Symptoms of psychosis
Risk factors for psychosis
Crisis first aid for acute psychosis
Treatments and resources for psychosis
Action planning for using MHFA