Interested in being an Armed Forces Mental Health First Aider?

Tailored to the unique culture and mental health needs of the Armed Forces community, our Armed Forces MHFA course will give you the skills to:

  • Recognise the symptoms of mental health issues
  • Provide initial help
  • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help

MHFA won't teach you how to be a therapist, but you will be able to say you're an Armed Forces Mental Health First Aider. 

What will I learn?

Armed Forces MHFA is split up into four manageable chunks. These are:

  • What is mental health, and why Armed Forces MHFA?
  • Suicide and depression
  • Psychosis
  • Anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder.

In each section you will learn how to:

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

These topics have been specifically tailored to the Armed Forces community and its culture.

How will I learn?

The Armed Forces MHFA course usually takes place over two full days. The sessions will be a mix of presentation, discussions, and group work activities. Our instructors provide a safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in certain parts, then there is no pressure to.

Due to some of the sensitive subjects of our courses we limit numbers to 16 people. We want everyone to feel safe and our instructors can help if people find some parts particularly difficult.

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

Who can attend the course?

Places on the Armed Forces MHFA courses are restricted to members of the following groups:

  • Veterans
  • Serving personnel
  • Family member of Serving or ex-Service personnel
  • Health and Social Care working with the Armed Forces community
  • Charitable organisations working with the Armed Forces community.

How do I book onto a course?

You can register your interest by using the course booker at the bottom of this page. This will send an email to the instructor running the course who will then get in touch to confirm your place.

Using the booking form below does not guarantee you a place. Please do not book any travel or accommodation until you have received your confirmation email.

Want to know more about the course content?

Simply email us at or give us a ring on 020 7250 8062 where one of us will be more than happy to give you further guidance.


We value the Armed Forces MHFA course at £300 per person for a two day course but this charge may vary according to where the training is delivered.

You can contact our instructors directly for more information. Just click on the title of the course listing you are interested in, and you will be taken to a page with more information on that specific course, including the instructor’s contact details. They’ll be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

Interested in teaching this course?

We are currently reviewing this programme, following a successful completion of training 185 Armed Forces MHFA instructors.

If you are interested in future instructor training, please email us at to register your interest. 


Each and every MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor, who has attended the seven day instructor training programme.

We have a very strong quality assurance process in place and are quick to respond to anything that falls below our very high standards.

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If you still can't find what you're looking for, then either drop us an email at or call us on 020 7250 8062 and we'll see what we can do.


"Members of our Armed Forces make the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country and they deserve the highest quality healthcare and support. We know that making the transition from a tour of duty back into civilian life can be difficult for some people. We are determined to ensure that care is there for those who are struggling. Training veterans and their families to spot the signs that some one is suffering from mental health problems is a vital first step in them getting the help they need and talking openly about their experiences."

Dr Dan Poulter

Health Minister