Programme structure

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. 

You will need to do about 20 hours of your own study outside of the seven days, including time spent on preparing delivery materials for days 4-5 and 6-7.

Experience the relevant Mental Health First Aider course (Adult/Youth/Armed Forces) as delivered by our highly experienced National Trainers.

If you have already attended a Two Day Mental Health First Aider course, this is an opportunity to refresh your knowledge and ensure you have experienced the most up to date version of the course.

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 ill health, or someone from a medical background.

Topics will cover a range of factors contributing to mental ill health, different recovery models and treatments.

Hearing these personal stories and experiences will help to bring the programme to life beyond the facts and figures and give you a reference point when delivering training.

Our plenary speakers are skilled trainers and their sessions will help to inform your delivery and facilitation tasks on days 4-5.

You will deliver a session on a relevant topic and gain peer to peer feedback, followed by a one to one feedback session with your mentor. This is a great opportunity to further broaden your understanding of the topics covered on the course.

There will be a group workshop session around facilitation skills.

You will deliver a section of the MHFA course and will be assessed on your delivery, followed by another one to one session with your mentor. 

After your training

Following the training, you’ll be required to co-deliver two MHFA courses within a year to become an approved instructor. Once approved, you can deliver courses solo.

To remain an MHFA instructor, you will need to do the following each year:

  • Deliver two courses, or as many as possible

  • Ensure everyone who attends your courses receives a manual and workbook that can be purchased from MHFA England

  • Renew your annual membership. The current membership fee is £75 as of April 2018

  • Attend a continuing professional development event. MHFA England offers CPD events to expand your portfolio of courses (e.g. Adult MHFA, Youth MHFA, Armed Forces MHFA). Or you can attend an external event relating to mental health or training skills

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