Mental Health First Aid
Training Course

Available Courses

Become a Mental Health First Aider, by attending an online interactive course and help make a positive difference within your workplace and community, becoming one of over three million people worldwide MHFAs. 

  • The Office for National Statistics revealed that the total number of days lost to sickness absence in 2018 were 141.4 million (Report Nov 2019). 12.4% of this was due to mental health conditions including stress, anxiety and depression.
  • From Public Health England: 1 in 6 adults will have experienced a common mental health disorder in any given week
  • The total cost of mental ill health in England is estimated at £105 billion a year
  • Men aged 40-49 have the highest suicide rates in the UK.

 

Adult Mental Health First Aid Course (Online interactive delivery)

This course teaches participants the skills, knowledge and confidence to spot the signs / understand the triggers and help others when they are experiencing mental health difficulties, with sensitivity, empathy and understanding.  And in turn  help reduce stigma and discrimination around mental ill health.

The course is delivered in four manageable chunks covering: mental health; suicide and depression; anxiety, self harm and eating disorders and psychosis.

The Mental Health First Aid course provides:

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing

  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues

  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress

  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening

  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support — whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix of these.

Course Format:

  • Online Interactive Course: 4 online interactive sessions (2 – 2.5  hours each) with 4 individual self-learning sessions too.  This course can be delivered over a period of a week,  two weeks duration and with the option of a two day delivery too.
  • Learning takes place through a mix of group discussions and activities, videos, slides and case studies to embed the learning experience.
  • Numbers are limited to per course for the instructor to keep participants safe and supported with their learning
  • During the course you will be provided with your own detailed MHFA manual,  workbook and quick reference MHFA Checklist
  • Upon completion of the course you will receive an MHFA Certificate

Feedback / Quotes/ Recommendations:

“Excellent and thought provoking course. Melissa was a brilliant facilitator- with excellent knowledge and presentation skills Would definitely recommend” Attendee/Oct21

“Melissa is an extremely skilled professional, who was able to connect with learners in a very calm, natural and educational way. She made everybody feel at ease to share their opinion and experiences relating to the topics discussed, always being caring and respectful of each person’s emotions. Very supportive, approachable and knowledgeable. The course was delivered in an engaging, informative and clear manner, catering for all participants’ needs.” Attendee/Oct21

“I found the course extremely informative and comprehensive.  The nature of the topics on the course were very tough, but Melissa checked in to ensure we were OK and offered additional support if needed.  Would highly recommend the course and Melissa.” Attendee/Aug21

“This was by far the best MH course or any type of course I have attended! It was planned and delivered exceptionally. I have learnt a lot that can be used on a daily basis, especially the strategies, including ALGEE and language, that will prove to be invaluable to my role.Thank you.” MHFA Attendee/July21

“this course was excellent working through a huge range of topics and was comprehensive in terms of future resources.  If feel that the course is essential post Covid and that the frontline workers should all access this training.  The pace and delivery of content was excellent and will be recommending to others” MHFA Attendee/Mar 21

”  I found it enlightening, fascinating and an eye opener.  I highly recommend the course and tutor” MHFA Attendee/Mar 21

“- you listen actively and make people feel acknowledged, heard and included.” MHFA Attendee/Feb 21

“very mindful of the wellbeing of attendees and took great care to listen to everyones views and opinions …a great opportunity to learn in a safe and engaging environment” MHFA Attendee/Feb 21

“Having the skills to use the Action Plan at the right time can save lives” MHFA Attendee/Jan21

“I will be recommending this course to many others. MHFA Attendee/Jan21

“It’s been a complete eye-opener for me” MHFA Attendee/21

  • One in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time. In an average group of 30 15 year olds: seven are likely to have been bullied, six maybe self-harming and one could have experienced the death of a parent.
  • 75% of mental illness (excluding dementia) starts before age 18
  • Self harming behaviour can begin at any age, but commonly starts between ages 13-15
  • Suicide rates have increased in recent years for young people (Latest ONS report)

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course (Online interactive and Two Day Face to Face deliveries)

This course is aimed at everyone who teaches, trains, works with, lives with and supports Young People aged 8-18. It teaches the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. It also provides insight and raises awareness around our own mental health and wellbeing.

The sooner we are able to notice signs of difficulty/struggling and help our Young People, guide them towards the support they need, can help stop and or minimise a mental issue from worsening.

The course is delivered in four manageable chunks covering: mental health, anxiety and depression, suicide and psychosis and self harm and eating disorders.

The Mental Health First Aid course provides:

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing

  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues

  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress

  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening

  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support — whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix of these.

Course Format:

  • Online Interactive Course: 4 online sessions (2.5-3 hours each) with individual self-learning too.  This can be provided over a period of a week,  two weeks duration and with the option of a two day delivery too.
  • In person course: 4 sessions over 2 consecutive days.
  • Learning takes place through a mix of group discussions and activities, videos, slides and case studies to embed the learning experience.
  • Numbers are limited to per course for the instructor to keep participants safe and supported with their learning
  • During the course you will be provided with your own detailed MHFA manual,  workbook and quick reference MHFA Checklist
  • Upon completion of the course you will receive an MHFA Certificate

Youth course: Feedback / Quotes/ Recommendations:

 “I have recently undertaken several courses, Mental Health Champion, Understanding C&YP Mental Health, Self harm and suicide awareness and prevention as well as Psychological first Aid, this was by far the most well led, informative and enjoyable course. I believe this is attributable to Melissa’s delivery style and how well she engaged us as participants as well as the course content. The delivery was excellent.” Attendee/Oct 21

“Very useful and very insightful, this course has definitely secured and boosted my understanding of mental health and it’s importance in young people” Attendee/Sept21

“I have attended a lot of mental health talks through inset days/training etc but this was far the best” MHFA Attendee/July21

” The course was extremely interesting and I learnt a great deal which I can put into practice in my work” MHFA Attendee/July 21

“Thank you so very much! I learnt so much and it was truly invaluable learning! I am so grateful and feel I’ve got lots for my action plan ahead.  Melissa was caring, patient and knowledgeable! MHFA Attendee/March 21

“Both the tone and pace were perfect, the depth of the discussion paired with the interactive group activities were balanced extremely well.  Melissa was extremely conscious of the fact this was an online programme across two days and therefore had much thought and consideration to the selfcare of all participants. Thank you!” Attendee/Feb 21

“Melissa’s treatment of sensitive material such as suicide was brilliantly handled” MHFA Attendee/Dec 20

“I believe every parent / teacher/ anyone who works with young people would absolutely benefit from this course in order to save our young people from mental health disorders before they become a dangerous situation” MHFA Attendee / Sept 20

“Lots of really good eye opening & thought provoking information.  Helpful both as a parent & with my job”

“The content of the course is a must for any school serious about supporting young people with their mental health, the skills that are learnt over the two days are life skills that my staff with take with them – out into the wider world.  After the training, the staff said: they found the course empowering, they would like to work with the trainers again…….clearly very passionate about mental health and conveyed this through their training” Headteacher, High Wycombe / Feb 20

“Should be available to all student teachers as part of initial teacher training.  Ideally all school staff (including office etc) to have training” MHFA Attendee / Feb 20

“Some of the topics were difficult and emotionally challenging.  However, you were mindful and respectful of participants mental health at all times.  You brought a wealth of personal experience and knowledge, which illustrated the different areas and reinforced how we can make a positive contribution to a young person experience mental health issues”  SENco, Primary School, Swindon /Jan 20

melissa gale

Melissa Gale

Proud to be part of MHFAs growing network, helping like-minded professionals to help train others to identify, understand and assist people who may be struggling with poor mental health.

Melissa has a previous commercial background working some 10+ years within a stressful & demanding career, along with family life – managing that work life balance as best as possible along with the arrival of twins too.


She has always had a passion and keen interest in Mental Health and Wellbeing and completed her initial training as counsellor back in 2008. Melissa is a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapy and continues today to provide voluntary counselling and funded support (for Adults and Young People) at a local charity in East Berkshire and provides private counselling support too (for Adults).

With a great concern about the growing statistics around poor Mental Health and the impact this is having on our society, in the workplace and for our Young People, Melissa has a keen desire and motivation to make a positive difference in the world of Mental Health and wellbeing.

Melissa initially trained as an Accredited Youth – Mental Health First Aid Instructor as part of a delivery project for a local NHS CCG. She then went on to train as an Instructor of Adult Mental Health First Aid too, bringing together her wealth of skills, knowledge and experience from both the commercial sector and mental health & wellbeing background.

The content, the information shared and the feedback provided from these courses has been extremely positive and powerful – making a huge difference to people’s understanding of mental health and wellbeing and potentially saving lives.

Our face to face training has a range of dates available in your area.

Contact us for more details.