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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.

These courses will be delivered online and consist of 4 x 2.5 hour sessions.

14, 16, 24 & 28 February 2022 (Fully booked) - all session run 9:30-12:00

8, 10, 29, 31 March 2022 (Fully booked) - all sessions run 9:30-12:00

11, 13, 18, 24 May 2022 (Fully booked) - all sessions run 9:30-12:00, except the session on 24 May which runs 13:30-16:00

10, 12, 19, 24 May 2022 (Fully booked) - all sessions run 10:00-12:30

21, 24, 28, 30 June 2022 (Fully booked) - all sessions run 9:30-12:00

12, 14, 19, 21 July 2022 (Fully booked) - all sessions run 9:30-12:00

You must attend all four sessions to complete the course.

Training overview

This Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) standard two day 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 England.

The course is divided as follows:

  • What is mental health?
  • Suicide
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Psychosis

In each section you'll learn how to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health problem
  • Feel confident about helping someone experiencing a mental health problem
  • Provide help on a first aid basis
  • Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
  • Help stop a mental illness from getting worse
  • Help someone recover faster
  • Guide someone towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems

Who should attend

This course is for staff who are committed to supporting the college as a Mental Health First Aider, 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 First Aid Half Day course.

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 may 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:
  • Keeping yourself safe and well – there will be more information about this in your MHFA England course manual
  • Communicating any concerns about the mental health and wellbeing of anyone in your workplace, for example to an appropriate manager
  • Upholding your role as a Mental Health First Aider alongside your other responsibilities
  • Establishing appropriate boundaries between yourself and colleagues you may be supporting
  • Refreshing your skills every three years

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 MHFA Aiders Teams where you find additional resources. 

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

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Key information

  • 2 full days - you must complete both days to complete the course
  • Facilitated by internal trainers

Further information

You'll receive an MHFA Standard 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.

There is also a Mental Health First Aid Half Day course, which is designed to act more as an introduction to mental health. 

MHFA FAQs Accordion

What is the difference between the two-day and half-day courses?

Two-day course

The two-day 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 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. It is a light touch course and is open to anyone who may be interested in finding out more.

The half-day course is not an in-depth training course. It provides an overview of what you may encounter in the work or study place.

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 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 the course, but not the other, can I still attend?

No, you must attend both days for the entire duration of the course, from 09.30-16.30 each day.

Can I do the first day of the course and then the second day another time?

No, you must attend both days for the entire duration of the course, from 09.30-16.30 each day.

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

No, you must attend both days for the full duration of the day from 09.30-16.30 each day.

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 on the day of the course.

What do I do if I don’t get my certificate?

You will need to email the EDI Centre, stating when you attended the course.

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?

You will be added to a mailing list with other MHFAiders to receive relevant information and be kept up-to-date with activities taking place in the College.

One of the MHFA trainers organises termly forums with MHFAiders to share learning and best practice.

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

You are still an MHFAider and your skills are still essential. We encourage you to attend the termly forums to maintain the knowledge. You do not know when you may be called upon personally or professionally.

What should I do if I am unable to be a 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 email the EDI Centre to be removed from the list.

How is my interaction as a MHFAider recorded?

An online form is being designed in order to enable MHFAiders to capture this information.

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 email the EDI Centre.