Train as a Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider®) and receive three years of certification, plus access to ongoing benefits.

This course is ideal for individuals who would like to become an MHFAider® to gain the knowledge and skills to spot signs of people experiencing poor mental health, be confident to start a conversation and signpost a person to appropriate support.​

In addition to the course, you will become part of the largest MHFAider® community in England, gaining access to resources, ongoing learning and 24/7 digital support through the MHFAider Support App®, to give you the tools and knowledge you need to carry out the role effectively and confidently, whether that be in your workplace, a volunteer role, or in the community.

Course outcomes 

As an MHFAider® you will be able to:

  • Recognise those that may be experiencing poor mental health and provide them with first-level support and early intervention
  • Encourage a person to identify and access sources of professional help and other supports
  • Practise active listening and empathy
  • Have a conversation with improved mental health literacy around language and stigma
  • Discuss the MHFAider® role in depth, including boundaries and confidentiality
  • Practise self-care
  • Know how to use the MHFAider Support App®
  • Know how to access a dedicated text service provided by Shout and ongoing learning opportunities with MHFA England


  • Online or face-to-face course structured across four flexible sessions. Each session is a maximum of 3hrs 30 and sessions can be delivered within a two week period.
  • Learners will be trained over four live sessions with an MHFA England Instructor Member, covering 14 hours of content in total.
  • Learning takes place through a mix of instructor led training, group discussions, individual and group activities.
  • Each session builds on the previous, enabling the learner to gain confidence in supporting others with a Mental Health First Aid action plan.
  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that we can keep people safe and supported while they learn.
  • We strive for all of our learning content to be as accessible and inclusive as possible.


Everyone who completes this course gets:

  • A hard copy workbook to support their learning throughout the course
  • A digital manual to refer to whenever they need it after completing the course
  • A wallet-sized reference card with the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • A digital MHFAider® certificate
  • Access to the MHFAider Support App® for three years
  • Access to ongoing learning opportunities, resources and exclusive events
  • The opportunity to be part of the largest MHFAider® community in England

Becoming a qualified MHFAider®

Once you complete the Mental Health First Aid course, you can test your knowledge and build your confidence in your role as an MHFAider® with the internationally recognised MHFAider® qualification, RSPH Level 3 Award in Mental Health First Aid.


If you would like more information about our open courses, or wish to book a group within your own organisation, please get in touch

What our clients are saying about our online MHFAider® course….

  • Absolutely loved this course. Very insightful. I will be recommending this course to HR at the organisation I work for. I have participated in mental health training in the past and none has been as good as this. Ann was an excellent instructor especially under the current circumstances and delivering this training online.
  • This course has been very informative and I have really developed a much broader understanding of mental health conditions and most importantly, the best ways to identify and support people, in the right ways. Ann is a consummate professional and knows this topic extremely well. 
  • A huge thank you to Ann for delivering the course so amazingly. She managed to create a safe virtual space which not only allowed us to discuss the sometimes difficult course content in depth, but to also share our own experiences with ease.
  • I can honestly that I have been excited for each live session and have thoroughly enjoyed delving deeper into mental health discussions and feel that I am significantly more knowledgeable and confident going forward when having to deal with mental health issues, both in the workplace and personal life.