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Training dates

All dates run 09.30-13.30

20 October 2021 (fully booked)

17 November 2021

9 February 2022

9 March 2022

12 May 2022

15 June 2022


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.

Managers who wish to attend Leading with Mental Health in mind must first complete this course.

Key information

  • Half day
  • Facilitated by internal trainers
  • No charge for Imperial Staff
  • As training is taking place online, training materials will be sent to your home address prior to the course date. You must sign up to the training at least three weeks in advance to allow time for the materials to be delivered.

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 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.

Half-day FAQS

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.

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.

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.