Adult mental health first aid instructor course


To improve the quality of care provided to patients with mental health needs, we are launching a programme with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) to train 24 individuals to become adult MHFA instructors in your provider.

Our joint programme will train 24 individuals to become adult MHFA instructors and we ask you to nominate an appropriate individual to undertake this ‘train the trainer’ programme to subsequently lead ongoing MHFA training in your organisation. 

What are the benefits of having a MHFA trainer in my organisation?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. In the same way as learning physical first aid, MHFA teaches people how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health and feel confident to guide someone to appropriate support. 

Embedding MHFA training within any organisation or community also encourages people to talk more freely about mental health, reducing stigma and creating a more positive culture. The focus is on learning how to promote emotional wellbeing and the factors that help safeguard and protect wellbeing in the workplace.

How to nominate someone

Application form: MHFA instructor training programme DOCX, 37.9 KB

Application form to apply for the programme.

If you would like to nominate an individual from your trust to take part, please complete the application form and return this to by 5pm, 25 January 2018.

We will inform you as to the outcome of your nomination (whether successful, ‘wait-listed’ or unsuccessful) by 26 January 2018.  

Strong nominations that do not make the initial shortlist will be held on a waiting list in case any places subsequently become available.  

When will the training take place?

We will run two training programmes, each for a cohort* of 12 delegates. Delegates must attend all 7 training days in order to progress towards becoming an accredited trainer.

The training will run from 9am to 5pm on the following days:

 Cohort 1:         27, 28 February and 1, 15, 16, 28, 29 March

 Cohort 2:         7, 8, 9, 22, 23 March and 12, 13 April

*On application, you can specify which cohort you'd like to attend.

The location for both cohorts will take place in London.

What commitment is required and what happens after the training?

Nominating providers will need to: 

  • ensure their trainee is released from their duties to attend all 7 days of the training course 
  • cover travel costs for your trainee to commute to and from the training venues  
  • ensure your trainee is given the appropriate guidance, resource & time to maintain their registration in future (whilst still employed by your organisation)

Once instructors are qualified, you will need to do the following each year to remain an instructor:

  • deliver a minimum of two courses
  • ensure everyone who attends their courses receives a manual and workbook which can be purchased from MHFA England
  • renew their annual membership at a fee of £69pp
  • attend one continuing professional development event per membership year

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