As the idea of Mental Health First Aid becomes more popular, some other training providers are starting to offer unlicensed 'mental health first aid' or 'first aid for mental health' instructor training.
We would advise caution when choosing a training provider, whether you're looking for a mental health first aid course or interested in becoming an instructor yourself. The quality and safety of courses provided by other training providers cannot be guaranteed.
The cost of an MHFA England Instructor Training programme reflects the quality of teaching, materials and support that you will receive as part of your seven day experience. Cheaper, unlicensed training is unlikely to have the evidence base or quality that is associated with MHFA England Instructor Training programmes, which have been running for over ten years and are part of a global programme run in 25 countries.
Learn more here: Why train with us?
We believe MHFA training works as one part of a joined up mental healthcare system. Each of our courses are based on research and developed by mental health experts with input from people with lived experience of mental ill health.
Research and evaluation has repeatedly demonstrated the effectiveness of MHFA training in England and worldwide. To learn more visit our Research and evaluation page. You can also read about the impact of our training across a range of organisations in our case studies.
MHFA is a global movement that is now in 25 countries! Each country licenses their own MHFA programme separately – you can see a list of all international MHFA programmes at mhfainternational.org.
If MHFA is not in your country yet, you can find out how to license it in your country at mhfainternational.org/license-mhfa.html.
Quick links to other MHFA organisations in the UK:
It depends on what you are interested in and who you want to support. We have courses to help you support:
Once you have chosen your area of interest, you can then choose the length of course you want to take.
Once you have chosen the type of course you’re interested in, go to the ‘Book your course’ section at the bottom of the page and use the location or postcode filter to find courses near you.
If you can’t find one in your area, please get in touch with us at email@example.com. We will put a call out to local instructors to see if they have anything coming up.
Or, if you are an organisation looking to book multiple places on or in-house delivery, go to our Organisations page to learn more and book.
You’ll need to contact the instructor directly – simply reply to their booking confirmation email.
If you can’t get in touch with the instructor this way, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help.
If you’re on a Two Day course, you need to attend both days to become a Mental Health First Aider. All parts of the course are equally important to learn a safe grounding in MHFA skills.
Our seven day MHFA Instructor Training programme qualifies you to deliver your own MHFA courses independently. As the only provider of licensed Mental Health First Aid courses in England, our Instructor Training programme is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.
Costs vary depending on the location and instructor, but we value our courses as follows:
Two day courses: £300 per person
One day courses: £200 per person
Half day courses: £125 per person
If you have any questions about the cost of attending a course, please contact the instructor of the course you are interested in. Occasionally, some instructors may be able to access local funding to allow them to offer discounted places.
If you are an organisation looking to book multiple places on a course or in-house delivery, please contact our Commercial Team on 0203 928 0760 to discuss prices.
As a community interest company, the money we make goes back into funding our courses. This allows us to make sure all courses meet our quality standards, keep the content up to date, produce all of our materials and create new courses. The money you pay to attend a course will help the instructor cover their costs such as venue hire, travel and course materials.
Occasionally, some instructors may be able to access funding to allow them to offer discounted or free places. Use the ‘Book your course’ tool to browse courses in your area. Or contact us on email@example.com and we can send out a message to instructors in your area to see if they have any discounted places available.
You may also be able to get your employer, place of learning, or a local community organisation to sponsor you to take the course.
Please allow four weeks for your certificate to be processed. It’s also worth checking your spam/junk folder in case it has ended up in there by mistake.
If you still haven’t received it, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. To help us track it down, please let us know: