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Training dates

All dates are face-to-face and run 09.30-13.30

24 October 2023

7 March 2024

22 May 2024

Training overview

This is a half day introductory course that aims to help to work more effectively with people experiencing mental health problems. You will gain a wider understanding of the issues surrounding mental health and how and why positive and negative mental health affects business. 

What is covered in this course? 

  • The discrimination surrounding mental health problems
  • Defintions of mental health and some mental health problems
  • How to help support people with mental health problems
  • The business case for promoting positive mental health in the workplace
  • How to look after your own mental health

Who is this course for?

This course is open to all staff members who have line management or supervisory responsibilities. 

Mental Health Awareness e-learning is available for any member of staff who wishes to learn more about mental health.

We also offer the Mental Health First Aid accreditation course, which qualifies you as a MHFAider.

Key information

  • Half day
  • Facilitated by internal trainers
  • No charge for Imperial Staff
  • For sessions that take place online, physical training materials will be sent to your home address in advance. You must sign up to the training at least three weeks in advance to allow time for posting.

MHFA Half Day FAWs

Full MHFA accreditation course

The full course (two days when face-to-face, or four sessions with the online version) is an in-depth course. It teaches techniques to provide help to someone experiencing a mental health problem, before professional help is obtained.

Delegates who complete the course will be become accredited MHFAiders. This means you will 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 your departmental list of MHFAiders. 

Half Day course

The half-day course is not an in-depth training course. Instead, it an introduction to mental health, and is particularly aimed at managers and those with supervisory responsibilities.


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

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

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

The course can be very popular and is often in high demand. If there are no spaces available the EDI Centre can add you to a waiting list.

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.

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.

Netiquette for online training

  • It is important that you are fully present and an active participant, to create a safe space for sharing and discussion.
  • For some of our training, you will be required to keep your video cameras on. Please ensure prior to attending that you have a fully functioning camera and microphone. If you have any issues with your equipment, please contact us as soon as possible. If you require your camera to be off as a workplace adjustment, please let us know in advance so that we can makethe trainer aware.
  • Please ensure that you are in a private space where you can maintain confidentiality and the privacy of the other delegates.
  • To maintain confidentiality, all delegates are asked to agree to keep what is said within the group, and not record or take screenshots/photos without permission. Pictures or quotes from the session should not be posted on social media or elsewhere without the express permission of those involved.