Fill out this form to express your interest in attending the course

Training dates

Please note that demand for the course is high. Priority is given to those in wellbeing/frontline roles, and after that, spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We will operate a waiting list.

3, 8, 10, 15 November 2022 (online) - all sessions run 09:30-13:30 (Fully booked)

14 & 15 February 2023 (face-to-face) - 09:30-17:00 both days (Fully booked)

21, 23, 28 February & 2 March 2023 (online) - all sessions run 09:30-13:30 (Fully booked)

28 & 30 March 2023 (face-to-face) - 09:30-17:00 both days (Fully booked)

You must attend both days (face-to-face)/all four sessions (online) to complete the course.

Who should attend

This course is for staff who are committed to supporting the college as a Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider), in particular those who work with students, those who manage teams, and any front-line staff.

If you would like to learn more about mental health but cannot meet the commitments outlined below, we would recommend you attend the Mental health awareness briefings for all staff or the Mental Health First Aid Half Day course for managers.

On completion of training, you will be the equivalent of a physical first aider. Your details will be included in the College list of MHFAiders, which is publically available online. Your details will also be published locally in your department. 
 
MHFAiders are required to attend a minimum of one CPD a year.

Carrying out your role as an MHFAider responsibly involves the following:
 
  • Responding promptly to calls for assistance within your area
  • Providing support within your competence
  • Summoning further help, if necessary
  • Registering details of conversations in line with confidentiality guidelines
  • Maintaining MHFA competence as specified by MHFA England by refreshing your skills every three years

Please refer to the Being an MHFAider - Your guide to the role document to understand more about the expectations of the role.

You will also be asked to help promote health and wellbeing events around College. You will receive ongoing support from the MHFA Instructors as well as support from other Aiders. Upon completion of the course, you will receive access to the MHFAiders Teams where you will find additional resources. 

You should also be aware that a copy of your application will be sent to your line manager.

Training overview

This MHFA accreditation course teaches techniques to provide help to someone (staff or students) experiencing a mental health problem before professional help is obtained. The course is accredited by Mental Health First Aid England.

The course is divided as follows:

  • What is mental health and the role of an MHFAider
  • Active listening, self harm, anxiety, eating disorders, and substance misuse
  • Depression, suicide and psychosis
  • Recovery, boundaries, and self-care

logo reads Mental Health First Aid

Key information

  • Face-to-face or online
  • If face-to-face, 2 full days - you must attend both days to complete the course
  • If online, the course is split into 4 x 4-hour sessions - you must complete all four sessions to complete the course
  • Facilitated by internal trainers

Further information

You'll receive an MHFA manual that you can take away with you at the end of the course and also an attendance certificate from MHFA England to say you are now a Mental Health First Aider.

For more of an introduction to mental health, the following options are available:

MHFA FAQs Accordion

What is the difference between the Mental Health First Aid accreditation course and the Half Day course?

Accreditation course

The accreditation course teaches the techniques to provide help to someone experiencing a mental health problem before professional help is obtained. It is an in-depth course and provides delegates with the skills required to be MHFAiders. It is accredited by Mental Health First Aid England. 

The course is for those who agree to take on the responsibility of providing help and assistance, as well as promoting mental health and wellbeing in your local area. You will be added to the list of College MHFAiders. 

Half Day course

The Half Day course is an introduction to mental health for managers and those with supervisory responsibilities.

The half-day course is not an in-depth training course.

FAQs about booking and course requirements

Do I need prior knowledge of mental health to attend the two-day course?

No, prior knowledge is not required. An interest in mental health and wellbeing is strongly advisable.

Why does my line manager need to approve my application? 

Your line manager must be aware and approve the two days/16 hours required to attend the course and also your ongoing commitment and activity as a MHFAider. 

Why do I have to apply for the course?

We have a high number of staff interested in the course, as well as a long waiting list. Therefore, we have to ensure those wishing to attend can commit to the course requirements both during and after the course.

I am unable to book on the course, what should I do?

A number of spaces on the course have been reserved for priority groups that the College wishes to target, this means there are fewer open space available. You will be added to a waiting however. If space does become available, you will receive a confirmation of booking approximately 2 weeks prior to the training. 

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.

Why is College targeting certain staff to become MHFA qualified?

There is an uneven spread of MHFAers across College. In order to ensure a more even distrubtion of readily available MHFAiders, the College wishes to target staff across campuses, departments and job families. This is aimed to be similar to the setup and supply of Physical First Aiders.

I can do one day of the course, but not the other/I can make some of the sessions but not all, can I still attend?

No, you must attend both days (face-to-face)/all four sessions (online) for the entire duration of the course.

Can I do the first day of the course and then the second day another time? / Can I do one session of the course at a later date?

No, you must attend both days (face-to-face)/all four sessions (online) for the entire duration of the course.

I have to leave early on one of the days, can I still attend?

No, you must attend both days (face-to-face)/all four sessions (online) for the entire duration of the course.

I have an existing mental health condition, can I still attend?

You are welcome to apply, 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 the EDI Centre with your details so we can discuss what is the best option for you.

A number of my department colleagues want to apply for the same course, are we able to?

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 email the EDI Centre to discuss your department's training needs.

Can my manager and I both attend the same course?

This is a decision that you and your manager must 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. Lunch is not provided.

Post-course FAQs

When will I receive my certificate?

You will receive your certificate digitally from MHFA England once you complete the feedback form that they send you.

How will people know I am a MHFAider? 

You will be added to the online list of College-wide MHFAiders online. You may also be added to local department notice boards or websites.

We encourage you to also wear your green MHFA lanyard when on campus, and you may want to add your MHFAider status to your email signature or personal web page.

Is there refresher training?

Refresher training is required every three years.

What happens if no-one contacts me in my role as an MHFAider?

You are still an MHFAider and your skills are still essential. You do not know when you may be called upon personally or professionally.

What should I do if I am unable to be an MHFAider for personal or professional reasons? Can I step down?

This is not ideal, however, we do appreciate life and work commitments mean that you are not able to do this. If you need to step down, please fill out this form to be removed from the list.

How is my interaction as an MHFAider recorded?

An online form is available on the MHFAiders Teams site to capture interactions.

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 the EDI Centre.

Netiquette for online training

  • To create a safe space for sharing and discussion it is important for delegates to be fully present and an active participant. For some of our training sessions, you will be required to keep your video cameras on. Please ensure that prior to attending the workshop you have a fully functioning camera and microphone. If you are having issues with your equipment, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Please ensure that you are in a private space where you can maintain confidentiality and the privacy of delegates.
  • To maintain confidentiality delegates will be asked to agree to keep what is said in the group, within the group, and not record or take screenshots/photos without permission. In addition to not post pictures or quotes from the session on social media or elsewhere without express permission of those involved.