Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

MHFA is an internationally acclaimed mental health awareness programme designed to give ordinary people the tools they need to be able to recognise the signs symptoms of mental health problems, provide initial help, and guide a person towards appropriate professional help.
All of us are likely to experience some form of emotional or mental health problems at some point in our lives. As employees we are likely to engage with members of the public and colleagues who are experiencing mental health problems. Participants on MHFA learn a set of skills that gives them the confidence to engage with fellow human beings in distress and guide them to the right kind of help, quickly!

MHFA is a 12 hour intensive training course, usually delivered over 2 days. The course provides an overview of common mental health problems, causes, symptoms and treatments. It also provides a framework for helping people in emotional distress.

MHFA is perfect for those wanting to know more about mental health and how it affects others, or as an extension to standard First Aid programmes. The programme is delivered in an interactive and practical way using case studies, video clips and active participation.

For Employers: Mental Health First Aid will be a valuable addition to any staff wellbeing strategy as it empowers employees to take control of their own mental health as well as giving them the knowledge to help employees and colleagues by recognising the risk factors for mental ill-health. It gives staff and managers the skills and confidence to help colleagues who are in a mental health crisis.

Early intervention is critical in helping an employee to make a quick and lasting recovery from mental ill-health and help them avoid or reduce time off for stress or mental health problems.


MHFA 2 Day training course

Course Outline

Session 1:                                                                                                         

MHFA - Five point action plan includes:
Action 1: Assess the risk of suicide or harm
Action 2: Listen non judgementally
Action 3: Give reassurance and information
Action 4: Encourage the person to get appropriate professional help
Action 5: Encourage Self-help strategies

Session 2:

Session 3:

Session 4:

Mental Health First Aid in Northern Ireland is accredited by the Northern Ireland Public Health Agency and all trainers are licensed to deliver this course.