In consultation with leading student mental health charity Student Minds, MHFA England has created a course tailored to the Higher Education community. The course has been piloted in 16 universities and evaluated by the University of Chester.

What will I learn?

Our specialised Higher Education MHFA instructors deliver an intensive one day course which covers a number of key topics:

  • What is mental health?
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Suicide
  • Self-harm and eating disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Mental Health First Aid action plan

The day includes a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. Our instructors provide a safe learning environment where participants are supported throughout the course.

How will attending a Higher Education MHFA course help?

The course gives a deeper understanding around the issues that relate to student and staff mental health. Participants learn practical skills that can be used every day, including how to spot the early signs of mental ill health.

Research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA course:

  • Raises awareness and mental health literacy
  • Reduces stigma around mental ill health
  • Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
  • Promotes early intervention which enables recovery

Everyone who completes the course receives a copy of the Higher Education MHFA manual which is an excellent reference and support resource. They also get a certificate and badge to say they are an MHFA Champion - someone with the skills and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness, support a culture of positive wellbeing, spot signs of mental ill health and guide a person to a place of support.


Higher Education MHFA launches in September 2017. As a one day course, it is designed to fit into the busy academic calendar and can be scheduled at any time of year. For provisional bookings and enquiries please contact:

020 7250 8062


We value the Higher Education MHFA One Day course at £200 per person. Please note that course costs may vary depending on location and instructor.

If you wish to train a larger number of people there is also the option to book inhouse delivery for your staff or students.


Each and every MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor, who has attended the seven day instructor training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health. 

Everyone who attends our course will be asked to fill out an anonymous evaluation and provide their feedback. This ensures that our instructors and our courses are of the best quality at all times.

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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