Building healthy places to work, study and live

“Healthy learners and healthy staff will increase levels of achievement, performance, productivity and reputation – helping universities conduct their core business more effectively” - UK Healthy Universities Network

We’re aware of the challenges a university environment can bring to staff and student mental health alike. Moving away from support networks for the first time, academic pressure, financial worries, rising debt and the uncertainty of the graduate job market can all trigger mental ill health or worsen existing mental health issues in students. Long working hours, a culture of overwork, isolation, and increasing pressures from league tables means that stress and burnout is common from PhD students to vice-chancellors.

78% of students reported experiencing mental health issues in a given year – but less than half had sought support 

66% of academics with mental health issues say their ill health is directly related to work

Higher Education Mental Health First Aid training

Our training is here to support you to manage wellbeing proactively and minimise the impact of mental ill health on work, study and life. We’ll work alongside you to deliver training that complements and enhances your existing wellbeing provision and strategy, if you have one. If you don’t, we’ll get you started on that journey and guide you along the way.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training courses teach people to spot the symptoms of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide a person towards support.

We don’t teach people to be therapists, but we do teach people to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis - and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

We have training options to suit a range of timescales and budgets, from basic mental health awareness to a full Mental Health First Aider qualification. They are all designed to benefit academic staff, support staff, and students alike - to let people meet the challenges of work, study and life head on.


By training staff and students in MHFA England skills you can:
  • Give people the tools to keep themselves, their colleagues, students and peers healthy
  • Empower them to access support when it’s needed, for a faster recovery
  • Allow people with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive in work or study
  • Stop preventable issues arising by building a supportive culture around mental health

*Please note that the Mental Health First Aiders and Mental Health Aware courses are not bespoke to a university environment. They have been designed to work across sectors.

Contact us

Get in touch with our team to discuss your organisation's requirements.

Email the team
Or call us on 0203 928 0760, option 1.

If you’re looking to book a small number of individual places on a course, you may want to book directly with one of our independent Instructor Members. Find courses running near you


We strive to create courses and resources that everyone can access. When you book training through MHFA England, please specify if you will need course materials in accessible formats.

Visit our accessibility page for more information.


Take a look at our free set of resources for a mentally healthy university including the facts on student and staff mental health and a ready-to-use framework to support wellbeing. See resources.