Fancy being an MHFA instructor?

We can teach you how to deliver your own courses independently. Whether you wish to deliver MHFA courses in your spare time, as part of your own training business or within your place of work, becoming an MHFA instructor can offer a great deal of personal and professional rewards, including earning an income. MHFA England is the only organisation in the country licensed to run MHFA Instructor Training programmes and is part of a global network of 23 countries. 

People from all walks of life train to become MHFA instructors but they all have one thing in common – a desire to increase mental health awareness within our society and bring parity of esteem to mental and physical health. You will be helping to achieve the goal of training one in ten of the English population in MHFA skills. 

What will I learn?

Our Instructor Training programmes will give you all the tools you need to run a successful MHFA course. Depending on your experience, interests and networks, you can train to be able to deliver one or all of the following:

  • Adult MHFA - a range of courses aimed at the adult population, in workplaces and community settings
  • Youth MHFA - a range of courses designed for people who live, work or interact with young people
  • Armed Forces MHFA – a course tailored for the Armed Forces community, including serving personnel, veterans, friends and family

How will I learn?

Instructor Training takes place over seven days and is usually spread out over six weeks. This allows you to become familiar with the material and reflect on your learning. You’ll have access to a mentor throughout who will be happy to help if you need any guidance along the way.

  • Days one-two: Experience the Armed Forces MHFA course as delivered by our highly experienced National Trainers.
  • Day three: You'll hear from a variety of speakers from a mental health related background. These sessions could include discussions with people who have experienced mental health issues, a carer of someone with mental health issues, or someone from a medical background.
  • Days four-five: Your chance to deliver a session on a relevant topic followed by a 1:1 feedback session with your mentor.
  • Days six-seven: Deliver a section of the MHFA course, gain peer to peer feedback and another 1:1 session with your mentor.

You will be expected to do approximately 20 hours of your own study outside of the seven days, including time spent on preparing delivery materials for days four-five and six-seven. You will have one year of 1:1 support from your mentor as you get up and running as an independent MHFA instructor. 

Following the seven days training, you'll be required to co-deliver two MHFA courses within a year to become an approved instructor. Instructors are only allowed to solo deliver courses once approved. 

Annual requirements for MHFA instructors

  • Deliver at least two MHFA courses, or as many as possible! 
  • Ensure everyone who attends your MHFA courses receives a manual that can be purchased from us.
  • Attend one continuing professional development (CPD) training event. MHFA England hosts these events throughout the year to ensure our instructor skills are kept up to date. Or you can attend another training event outside of MHFA that relates to mental health or training skills.
  • Renew your annual membership. Current membership fee is £65.00, as of April 2016.

How do I apply?

In order to become an instructor you'll need the qualities of our essential criteria from our application guidelines. You can find our application guidelines here.

You'll then need to do the following steps:

  • Contact us at to request an application form
  • Sponsored by your organisation? We'll also need to see an Employer Support Letter
  • Planning to deliver the course in your own time? You'll also need to ask two referees to fill out this form

You'll need to save these and once completed please email them back to us at We'll review your application and get back to you to confirm your place.

You can register your interest by using the course booker at the bottom of this page and we will get back to you with the next steps.

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.

Still have a few queries?

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 advice or guidance.


Our Instructor Training programme costs £2,790.00* (inc VAT) as of April 2017.

This includes: 

  • Seven days training
  • All training materials
  • Access to instructor only area of our website
  • One year mentor support

Existing Instructors

If you are an approved instructor in any of our other MHFA courses, you can attend our extension programme to add Armed Forces MHFA to your repertoire.

You will join new instructors either during days one-three or days one-five of a regular seven day programme. How many days are needed is decided when you apply.

Simply follow these steps and email the forms back to us at

  • Email us to request an application form. Please indicate on your form that you are an existing instructor wishing to attend an extension programme
  • Sponsored by your organisation? We'll also need to see an Employer Support letter
  • Planning to deliver the course in your own time? You'll also need to ask 2 referees to fill out this form

The cost of the instructor extension programme is £1,626.00 (inc VAT) as of April 2017.


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"Mental Health First Aid Training for the Armed Forces community is another fantastic and practical tool for helping veterans access specialist care and support for their mental health needs. On average, Veterans contact Combat Stress 13 years after they leave the Armed Forces, Mental Health First Aid Training will create opportunities for help to reach veterans sooner. Getting Veterans the help that they need and deserve, as soon as possible, can keep families together and save lives."

Peter Poole

Director of Strategic Planning and Partnerships , Combat Stress

"One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life but there are members of the community who are more at risk - the Armed Forces being one example. We believe that Mental Health First Aid Training is vital to ensuring that those at risk of mental illness are supported at the earliest stage. It is very encouraging to see that the government is funding and supporting the use of the Armed Forces Mental Health First Aid training within such an important community. We believe that having more people MHFA trained will result in ex-service men and women being supported and signposted to the correct health services, significantly increasing positive recovery."

Poppy Jaman

CEO , Mental Health First Aid England