Mental Health First Aid

First-line support

What can a MHFAider offer me?

A Mental Health First Aider will provide you with a safe space to start a confidential conversation about your mental health and signpost you to the most appropriate support.

How to find our Mental Health First Aiders?

How to find our Mental Health First Aiders?


  • We have coverage across all Imperial College London campuses
  • MHFAiders wear a bright green lanyard
  • Look out for departmental First Aid notices
  • Check the MHFA Aiders Contact List (Excel)

What is Mental Health First Aid?

For many years workplaces have had a responsibility to ensure that there are arrangements for the emergency treatment of minor to serious injuries and health problems. First aid is the initial assistance or care of a suddenly sick or injured person. The main aims of first aid are: 

  • To preserve life
  • To protect the casualty from further harm
  • To promote recovery

Mental Health First Aid is a certified course, first developed in Australia. It has an international profile in 15 countries. The English version was developed in 2007 to train volunteers on how to identify, understand, and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

MHFAiders aren’t therapists and the aim is not to diagnose or treat people but to encourage and support them to access professional help, as well as signpost them to the right place. This could include self-help books or websites, guiding people to accessing therapy services through their GP, their university or place of work, or via online self-referral, support groups, and more.

MHFAiders are trained to listen, reassure, and respond, even in a crisis – and can potentially avert a crisis from happening. They can do this by recognising warning signs, and they have the skills and confidence to approach and support someone experiencing mental ill-health. MHFAiders also have a role in supporting positive wellbeing and tackling stigma.

Our growth, investment and support

Seven in-house instructors
supporting the MHFA community

Connect & share termly meeting. These meetings are a way of sharing information, networking with other MHFAiders and reflecting on your use of MHFA

Social networking group using Yammer for peer to peer support. The group is private, closed and used only by qualified MHFAiders.

Our community has embraced this initiative since 2013. Participation has boomed. Check out our infographic

Do you want to become a Mental Health First Aider?

Our Mental Health First Aid courses teach people to identify common symptoms of mental health issues, offer first-line help and guide a person towards support.

Mental Health First Aid training is available for staff who are involved in supporting colleagues or students.