Our vision is to normalise society’s attitudes and behaviours around mental health, by developing the skills we need to look after our own and others’ wellbeing.
We're on a mission to train one in ten of the population in England in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) skills – because we all have mental health.
Mental health education empowers people to care for themselves and others. By reducing stigma through understanding, we hope to break down barriers to the support that people may need to stay well, recover, or manage their symptoms – to thrive in learning, work and life.
MHFA England is led by our Chief Executive, Simon Blake OBE, and our executive team: Fionuala Bonnar, Caroline Hounsell, Eleanor Miller and Julian Kenny. Our governing board is chaired by Mark Watson-Gandy and Lord Patel of Bradford is a patron. Our head office is in London with a growing central team of about 80 members of staff.
Our team of experienced National Trainers have trained and mentored 1,800 instructors across England who work independently to deliver MHFA courses in their communities. We also offer in-house training and consultancy directly to organisations through our Commercial Team.
MHFA training courses were first developed in Australia in 2000. In the years since, it has evolved into a global movement with licensed programmes in 25 countries and counting. Over 2.6 million people have been trained in MHFA skills worldwide. You can find out more about international MHFA programmes at mhfainternational.org.
MHFA came to England in 2007 and was launched under the Department of Health: National Institute of Mental Health in England (NIMHE) as part of a national approach to improving public mental health.
In 2009 we became a community interest company which allows us to be fully self-funded. We have since expanded our product range to offer tailored courses for supporting young people, students in higher education, people with learning disabilities, and the Armed Forces community, as well as the general adult population.