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Contents

Welcome 
How we can support you
Why choose our training?
Courses
Contact us
Case studies
Useful resources


Welcome

We are Mental Health First Aid England. We provide training to empower people to care for themselves and others, by developing the skills to look after their own and others’ wellbeing.

We all know that wellbeing is good for business and that healthy people are happier, more engaged and more productive.

Practical mental health skills and awareness training is a key component for creating a safe, healthy workplace where the mental health and physical health of employees are valued equally. It gives people the tools to support their own mental health and that of their colleagues and encourages them to access timely support when needed.

But training is just one part of the puzzle. To be effective and have a sustainable impact, training needs to be implemented as part of a strategic whole organisation approach to wellbeing. That’s why, as well as providing practical skills, we can help you develop and enhance your wellbeing strategy, to help your employees thrive.

If you are reading this you are already thinking about how to improve the mental health of your organisation. We are here to support you on the journey. Healthy people are happier, more engaged and more productive.


Did you know?

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.

Mental ill health costs UK employers £34.9 billion each year

Business costs of mental ill health graphic: £21.2 billion in reduced productivity, £10.6 billion in sickness absence, £3.1 billion in staff turnover

(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. 


How we can support you

Our training and consultancy is here to support you to manage wellbeing proactively and minimise the impact of mental ill health on work and life. 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.

Mental Health First Aid (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


Why choose our training?

Meet the core standards 
Help meet the recommended core standards for a healthy workplace as set out for all employers in the Government's Thriving at Work report.

Quality assured 
Every MHFA England course is delivered by a qualified instructor 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.

Safe
Our instructors provide a safe, inclusive learning environment and are trained to support people throughout the whole course.

Internationally recognised
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 over 400,000 people.

Community interest
As a community interest company, our profits go back into driving our social mission - to spread mental health skills and awareness.

Evidence based
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


Courses

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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Contact us

Our team are ready and waiting to discuss your training requirements and answer any questions you might have. 

Email the team

or call 0203 928 0760


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


Case studies 

See how other organisations are using MHFA England training.
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Or browse written case studies


Useful resources

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.

See workplace resources

Resources for workplaces - Implementing Mental Health First Aiders: Guide for employers. Being a Mental Health First Aider: Guide to your role