Ali Johnson
Ali Johnson

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  • Workplace Instructor ()
  • Instructor Member ()

Course Accreditation Status
Instructor Profile
Personal Details

As one of the first to be trained as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor in England in 2008, Ali is highly valued by MHFA England as a Workplace Associate. She also delivers extensively for other providers, delivering courses in Mental Health, Wellbeing and Change Management. Since early 2020 she has been delivering mental health and wellbeing courses online, including the MHFA online products. Alongside training, for 7 years she worked in healthcare patient facing roles, supporting people with mental health issues and learning disabilities, which gives her a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw on.

Ali is a Reiki Master practitioner and EFT practitioner, which informs the holistic side of her knowledge and experience. Her passion is to encourage & support individuals to further their knowledge and self-understanding, whilst increasing their ability to support others, raise awareness and overcome stigma.

In her leisure time Ali regularly practices Meditation, Reiki and Yoga, and enjoys going on holistic retreats whenever she can. She also loves to spend time with her family, walks with her dog DJ, and creative pursuits.

Work Experience

Having a strong and diverse background in healthcare, training and holistic therapies, Ali has been delivering Further & Adult education over the past 15 years, and is fully insured, with an Enhanced DBS certificate. She has been part of collaborations in writing, delivering and promoting peer support & volunteer programmes to accreditation level, as well as bespoke courses for the corporate sector and specific groups.

Ali has 10 years experience working in addictions where her specialism was dual diagnosis, which sparked her drive to become an MHFA instructor. During this time she would support clients with their bio-psycho-social needs, including working with them to re-integrate into the wider community, housing, education & employment. This work gave her valuable insight into how mental ill health impacts people, the support mechanisms and journey of recovery. She would also work proactively in delivering training to school staff and students about drugs & alcohol.

Drawing on her extensive experience and knowledge in the fields of training, mental health and wellbeing, Ali always ensures that she creates a safe and inclusive environment within her courses, she makes the courses both enjoyable and accessible, taking into account the needs of the delegates.

Recently, Ali has had the pleasure of working with; BMS Pharmaceuticals, BUPA, CHP, Cisco, The Crown Estate, Ford, Forestry Commission, Ruby Wax’s ‘Frazzled Cafe’ team, The Institute of Cancer Research, Riverside Housing, Royal Mail, Thrive LDN- (Youth MHFA) UK Sport, Veterinary Medical Directorate, Wincanton and more.

Qualified to deliver:
- Adult MHFA Two Day
- Adult MHFA Online
- Adult MHFA One Day (Workplace)
- Adult MHFA Half Day Aware
- Adult MHFA Aware Online
- Adult MHFA Refresher
- Adult MHFA Refresher Online
- Mental Health skills for Managers
- Youth MHFA Two Day
- Youth MHFA Online
- Youth Half Day Aware
- Youth Half Day Aware Online
- Bespoke mental health & wellbeing, change management training and workshops on request.

Experienced in delivering to:
- Corporate
- Government
- Healthcare / NHS / Pharmaceuticals / Research
- Housing Associations
- Schools & Colleges
- Construction / Engineering
- Voluntary Sector
- Holistic Practice
- Public

Delegate feedback:
Ali is simply outstanding. I'm sure she's had such a positive impact on so many people whilst delivering this course. The content was also brilliant. Thank you so much!
“After attending quite a few courses recently, this was by far the most life changing, beneficial course I have ever attended. I think it helped having Ali is our facilitator. She was brilliant! Captivating, knowledgeable, open, warm, welcoming and gave us time to think things through without any pressure at all. Thank you Ali, for making this a really amazing experience. I am left now feeling so much more confident about stepping in to approach and assist, and have the conversation with someone in need. Thank you.”
“Really amazing trainer. I’ve been on a lot of training courses and I thought Ali’s style and skills were up there with the top! Thank you for making it so great!”


B.A (Hons)
City & Guilds Further and Adult Teaching Certificate
Qualified and registered to deliver most of the MHFA products, with extensive experience in these.
Advanced Certificate in the Management of Substance Misuse
Reiki Master practitioner
Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner

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