Mental Health First Aid

Interested in being a Mental Health First Aider? Our two-day course is internationally recognised.

By completing a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course you will be able to:

  • Recognise the symptoms of mental health issues
  • Provide initial help
  • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help

MHFA won't teach you how to be a therapist, but once you’ve completed the two day course you will be able to say you're a Mental Health First Aider. 

What will I learn?

Our quality assured MHFA instructors deliver training that has been designed to fit into four manageable chunks. These are:

  1. Mental Health First Aid, mental health, and depression
  2. Depression (cont.) and suicidal crisis
  3. Anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and self- harm
  4. Psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

In each section you’ll learn how to spot the early signs of a mental health issue, feel confident helping someone experiencing a mental health issue and provide help on a first aid basis. You'll also learn to help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others, stop a mental health issue from getting worse and help someone recover faster. Learning to guide someone towards the right support and reducing the stigma of mental health issues are also included in the course.

How will I learn?

The Adult MHFA course takes place over two full days.

The sessions will be a mix of presentations, discussions, and group work activities. Instructors provide a safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in certain parts, then there is no pressure to.

Everyone who attends the course will receive a copy of the MHFA manual and workbook, which are both excellent support resources. When you have completed the course you will receive a certificate to confirm that you are a trained Mental Health First Aider

Who can attend?

The course is for everyone aged 16 and upwards and you don’t need any qualifications or experience in mental health to take part. 


MHFA value the course at £300 per person. However, Student Based Services are subsidising the course and it is being offered at £100.

How do I register?

To register please visit the Lancaster University online store.