Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a 2 day 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 just like physical first aid, 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 whilst 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.

MHFA training is an accredited course and therefore, every delegate that attends will receive a certificate on completion confirming you are now a mental health first aider.

As a result of this training you will be able to:

  • Describe a variety of mental health issues and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Apply practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Formulate a response to reassure and support a person in distress
  • Demonstrate non-judgemental listening
  • Provide guidance to someone to gain further support to recover their health

Who should attend:

  • HE SU Frontline staff
  • FE SU Frontline staff
  • Line Managers in NUS and HE unions
  • NUS Frontline Staff

Course Information:

Date Location Course timings Registration Deadline
20 - 21 March 2018 London, (Venue TBC) 9.30am - 5.30pm

Registration is now closed

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£270 - Full delegate

£243 - Limited number of spaces are available for FE and Small and Specialist Institutions.


Additional Information:

The impact of this training for the delegate and the organisation will be:

  • Create a healthier workplace environment
  • Increase staff and volunteer engagement and loyalty
  • Improve organisational reputation
  • Reduce absence and attrition
  • Improve performance and productivity
  • Empower people to access support when it’s needed, for a faster recovery
  • People with a long term mental health issue or disability are able to thrive in work or study
  • Create a supportive culture around mental health

As a part of the training you will learn how to:

  • Explain what the early signs of a mental health issue are
  • Memorise the steps to take when supporting someone experiencing a mental health issue
  • Explain how to help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
  • Articulate how to help stop a mental health issue from getting worse
  • Identify methods for helping someone recover faster
  • Recognise how to guide someone towards the right support
  • List ways to reduce the stigma of mental health issues.

NUS 100

This course is all about students’ unions being diverse, inclusive and equitable organisations, supporting them to attract and retain outstanding people.

What people say about the course:

'I'm really happy I came on today's training course. (The Trainer) was fantastic - really good at listening to the group and explaining heavy content in a professional way.'

'The course was excellent. I learnt so much and really feel like I can make a difference.'

'Thank you - as an event manager who works on site regularly in high pressure environments it will really help me going forward.'


For more information about this course please get in touch with the Learning and Development team: