MHFA England is led by our Chief Executive, Simon Blake OBE, and our executive team: Fionuala Bonnar, Eleanor Miller, and Sarah McIntosh. Adah Parris is our Chair. Our Patron is Kamlesh Patel, Professor The Lord Patel of Bradford OBE.
We have a dedicated central team of about 100 members of staff, based at our head office in London. To learn about joining our central team, visit our careers page.
"I became an MHFA England instructor because it fits with my personal mission. That is to help people spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health in themselves and in others. This enables early action to address the issues.
I learnt many life-altering techniques to help me recover and stay well when I experienced severe depression. Having to become ill before learning how to stay mentally healthy made no sense to me at all. I’m convinced that an early mental Health First Aid intervention would have prevented me from becoming so unwell.
Delivering MHFA England courses means I am equipping people with the tools to support others and to help keep themselves mentally fit. Which means equipping people to change lives."
Associate Instructor Member, East of England
Our Instructor Members come from all walks of life and have a wide breadth of experience, but all have one thing in common – a desire to improve the mental health of the nation.
We currently have 2,224 Instructor Members who are active and 930 in training. Some Instructor Members are independent and some work within other organisations. They deliver courses in workplaces, schools, universities and communities all over the country.
All our MHFA England Instructor Members have passed our licensed seven day training programme, accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health and licensed by MHFA International.
At the heart of what we do is our team of experienced National Trainers, who deliver the MHFA England Instructor Training programme. Read a case study from Sajda Butt, one of our National Trainers, below.