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Training dates

Dates for the 2020-21 academic year will be released in October.



This is half day introductory course which will teach you to:

  • Identify the discrimination surrounding mental health problems
  • Define mental health & some mental health problems
  • Relate to people's experiences
  • Help support people with mental health problems
  • Begin developing a business case for promoting positive mental health in the workplace
  • Look after their own mental health

Who should attend

Those who wish to gain a wider understanding of the issues surrounding mental health and how and why positive and negative mental health affects business. The course will enable you to work more effectively with people experiencing mental health problems.

Key information

  • Half day
  • Facilitated by internal trainers
  • No charge for Imperial Staff

Further information

The College also offers the standard, two day Mental Health First Aid course, for which you receive an attendance certificate from MHFA England and a MHFA manual.

MHFA Half Day FAWs


What is the difference between MHFA half day and the two-day MHFA course?

The MHFA half-day course is a four-hour introduction course to mental health. It is a light touch introduction to anyone who may be interested in finding out more. It is not designed to be an in-depth training course but provides an overview of what you may encounter in the work or study place.

 The two-day MHFA course teaches techniques to provide help to someone (staff or students) experiencing a mental health problem before professional help is obtained. It is in-depth and provides delegates with the skills required to be MHFAiders and be called upon if required for pro-active or reactive involvement. It is for people who are willing to take on this responsibility, as well as promoting mental health and wellbeing in their departments.

Do I need prior knowledge of mental health to attend the half-day course?
No, prior knowledge is not required, but an interest in the subject is strongly advisable.

I am unable to book on the course, what should I do?
MHFA Half day can be very popular and be in high demand. If there are no spaces available please fill out  the waiting list form.
se fill out  the waiting list form.

I have an existing mental health condition, can I still attend?
You may apply to attend the course, but please be mindful that the course can be emotionally demanding and can evoke a strong feeling, especially for delegates who are currently experiencing or supporting mental-ill health. It may be worth emailing with FAQ 10 in the subject line, with all your details to discuss the best option for you.
More than 10 of us from one department want to apply for the same course, are we able to?
No, a maximum of 10 people from any given area in the College or department can attend a course. If you have more people interested, please complete the bespoke training form and a member of the equality team will get back to you within seven working days.
When will I hear if my application has been successful?
Your place will be confirmed or you will be provided with feedback if you are unsuccessful within seven working days of receipt.
Can my manager and I both attend the same course?
This is a decision that you and your manager will have to take and discuss together to ensure it is operationally feasible. You will also have to decide whether you will both be able to participate freely together on the course.  
What if I know people on my course and don’t feel I can fully participate?
We will send a delegate list one week prior to the start date of the course. You will have an opportunity to see a list of names and decide if you would like to go ahead or be moved onto another course.
 Do I have to supply my own materials?
You will need to bring a pen and a notepad. A course manual and welcome refreshments are provided for you, however, lunch is not provided. 

What happens after the course?
You can progress to the two-day course which will enable you to become a qualified Mental Health First Aider.
I have lost my manual, can I get another one?
Yes, you can get a replacement manual for a fee of £30. To do this please email