Mental Health First Aid Training

What is Mental Health First Aid Training?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA England) is an internationally recognised training programme, designed to help people understand the impact of stigma, and spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

This training is suitable for adults (aged 16+) who want to develop their understanding of mental ill health. With ABC Life Support we foster a supportive, nurturing and engaging learning environment. We’re encouraging as many people as possible to learn these essential life skills, so whether you’re an individual who just wants to learn or a professional who wants to take the next step in their career, these courses are open to the public and held at venues across England.

Why is Mental Health First Aid important?

With 1 in 4 people living at any one time with a diagnosable mental health condition in the UK, it’s never been more important for people to be able to support their employees, loved ones and people in the community.

This training is designed to teach you about the common mental health problems people face, including how to spot them, how to discuss them, and, most importantly, how to help someone who is suffering.

An MHFA England course is also designed to improve your own mindfulness and wellbeing, and will provide actionable tips on how to create and maintain a healthier lifestyle, workforce, or community. Call us on 0800 0467 410 or contact us for more information on first aid training and mental health courses.

What do you learn on a Mental Health First Aid Course?

These courses cover a wide range of mental illnesses and the issues surrounding them, including depression, anxiety, suicide, OCD, bipolar and more.

This course will not train you to be a professional psychologist or therapist, but it will give you the essential tools you need to offer support and give advice.

Once you’ve completed your training you will receive a certificate and you should be competent in delivering mental health first aid.

Through group discussion and activities, we tackle the difficult questions in a safe, friendly environment that will give you the skills and confidence to not only spot triggers and signs of mental health issues, but also potentially save a life.

We’re all about inspiring confidence and empowering people to deliver life-saving support whilst taking better care of their own wellbeing. If this isn’t a worthwhile investment of your time, we don’t know what is.

Who are MHFA England courses suitable for?

The public MHFA England Courses are suitable for anyone that wants to learn more about mental health – you do not need any prior knowledge or experience.

We offer 1 – 2 day MHFA England courses at select venues, with options to focus on youth or adult mental health depending on your requirements.

We particularly recommend this course for the following people:

  • General public
  • Tutors and teachers
  • Human resources staff
  • Employers and managers

We also offer on-site courses for workplaces and organisations and online courses including CPD (Continuing Professional Development). Get in touch for more details.

Which Mental Health First Aid Training Course is right for me?

Mental Health First Aid Training is suitable for individuals who want to develop their personal or professional development. Our public MHFA courses are delivered by our MHFA Instructor Members. Whether you just want to be there for friends and family, or you’re looking to become a mental health first aider in your workplace, we’d love to have you on board with us.

Upon completion, you will receive an official MHFA England certificate.

MHFA England Instructor Member badge

We have a range of MHFA England courses including the standard Two Day Mental Health First Aid Training course which qualifies you as a mental health first aider.

The One Day Champions course is a must for line managers and individuals who are interested in advocating for the Mental Health First Aid Function within an organisation.

The Mental Health Awareness half-day workshop is available online or face-to-face and enables you to understand about mental health, mental illness and its impact on adults in the workplace and in the community

We also have a Half Day Refresher Course for people who have already trained as a mental health first aider and want to top-up their knowledge and stay up to date. This course can be completed online.

Adult MHFA England courses are suitable for anyone aged 16 upwards. You don’t need prior experience, just show up with a positive, ready-to-learn attitude and we can take care of the rest.

Booking an MHFA England Accredited Course

Once you’ve chosen the right MHFA England public course for you, you can book online to secure your placement. For more information, feel free to contact us.

Why Work With ABC Life Support?

As a social enterprise we ensure that our profits are not pocketed but placed back into the community. We strive to deliver essential mental health awareness training to those that need it most.

All of our trainers have a wealth of training and relevant experience to be able to deliver an engaging course.

We value delivering an engaging, dynamic and safe training experience for all. We want to empower trainees and give them the confidence to offer support to those that need it – whether that’s at home, in the workplace or in the community.

Book a Public or Online Course


  • 2 Day Adult MHFA Classroom
    25th October 2021 - 26th October 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Venue: Poets House

St Mary's Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4EY, United Kingdom


  • 10th November 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Venue: Wyboston Lakes

Great North Road, Wyboston, Bedfordshire, MK44 3AL, United Kingdom


  • 10th November 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Venue: Wyboston Lakes

Great North Road, Wyboston, Bedfordshire, MK44 3AL, United Kingdom


  • 10th November 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Venue: Wyboston Lakes

Great North Road, Wyboston, Bedfordshire, MK44 3AL, United Kingdom


  • 2 Day Adult MHFA Classroom
    25th October 2021 - 26th October 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Venue: Poets House

St Mary's Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4EY, United Kingdom

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get a certificate?

Yes – at the end of each MHFA England course you will receive a certificate.

Is the course accredited?

Yes – these courses are accredited by MHFA England. All instructors have also completed accredited training.

How long does it take to complete an MHFA England course?

We offer a range of courses that can be completed over half a day, 1 day, or 2 days. How long your course will take will depend on which one you choose.

How are your public courses taught?

All of these public courses can be delivered online or in person through classroom-based sessions at select venues.