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We are Mental Health First Aid England. We are a social enterprise with a vision to improve the mental health of the nation.
We are the largest provider of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training in the UK and Europe, with over ten years of experience supporting businesses to create and sustain healthier workplaces.
Creating cultural change in an organisation is a complex task that requires a multi-tiered approach, which our team of experts is positioned to support. Through working with over 20,000 employers we know that each organisation's culture is unique. The key to creating a mentally healthy environment is about truly understanding the people within it – their attitudes, behaviours and learning needs.
Stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sickness absence in our society. Mental ill health is responsible for 91 million working days lost every year.
(Diagram adapted from Centre for Mental Health, 2017: Mental health at work: The business costs ten years on)
The Centre for Mental Health estimates that mental ill health costs UK employers £34.9 billion each year, but simple steps to improve the management of mental health in the workplace will allow employers to save 30% or more of these costs.
Our training and consultancy is here to support you to manage health and wellbeing proactively, minimise the impact of mental ill health on your business and your people, and promote and maintain healthy workplaces. We’ll work alongside you to deliver training that complements and enhances your existing wellbeing strategy, if you have one. If you don’t, we’ll get you started on that journey and guide you along the way.
MHFA England training courses teach people to spot the signs 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 reach out to someone before a crisis happens.
Quality mental health training, underpinned by a robust wellbeing strategy, gives people the tools to keep themselves healthy and support each other. It can also help to:
Build employees’ confidence to have open conversations around mental health and break the stigma
Encourage people to access support early when needed, for a faster recovery
Empower people with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive in work
Promote a mentally healthy environment, stopping preventable issues and allowing people to thrive and become more productive
Embed a long term positive culture across the whole organisation, where employees recognise their mental and physical health are supported as equal parts of the whole person
Help meet the recommended core standards for a healthy workplace as set out for all employers in the Government's Thriving at Work report.
Every MHFA England course is delivered by a qualified Instructor Member who has completed our Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health. We are the only provider of licensed Mental Health First Aid instructor training in England. This means you can trust us to deliver a high quality and evidence-based solution to fit the unique context of your organisation.
Our Instructor Members provide a safe, inclusive learning environment and are trained to support people throughout the whole course. We will support you in all stages of your journey, from identifying current gaps to empowering your teams to take the necessary steps toward your goals for mental health.
You’ll be joining a global community of over 3 million people around the world who have trained in MHFA skills. In England, we have trained hundreds of thousands of people.
Working with us is investing in the wellbeing of the next generation. By choosing to work with MHFA England, you allow us to support the mental health of those who need it most. Every course you book through us allows us to offer free and discounted training to those working with young people so that their mental health is better supported.
Our courses are written by experts, grounded in research, and tested by people with lived experience of mental ill health. Research and evaluation shows that MHFA England courses make a lasting difference in people’s knowledge and confidence around mental health.
We have training options to suit a range of timescales and budgets, from basic mental health awareness sessions to a full Mental Health First Aider qualification. They are all designed to benefit employees, line managers, HR professionals, OH workers and senior leaders alike - to let people meet the challenges of the workplace head on.
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If you’re looking to book a small number of individual places on a course, you may prefer to book directly with one of our independent instructors. Find courses running near you.
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Take a look at our selection of free downloadable resources for workplace mental health including strategic guidance, interactive toolkits, advice for line managers, and more.