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Adult Mental Health First Aid (2 days)

The accredited course will: 

  • Give a deeper understanding of the issues that impact on and relate to people's mental health.
  • Teach practical skills that can be used every day, including being able to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and feel confident guiding people towards appropriate support.

Independent research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA course:

  • Raises awareness and mental health literacy
  • Reduces stigma around mental ill health and feel confident guiding people towards appropriate support
  • Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
  • Encourages people to start a conversation with a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue
  • Promotes early intervention which enables recovery.

Duration: 2 days 


At the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Recognise signs and symptoms of mental ill health
  • Provide initial help
  • Guide the person towards appropriate professional help
  • Be mindful of their own wellbeing

Certification: Everyone who attends the course will receive a copy of the MHFA manual and workbook, which are both excellent support resources. When you have completed the course you will also receive a certificate to confirm that you are a trained Mental Health First Aider.

Suitability: This course is open to all QM permanent staff who wish to be part of the QM Mental Health First Aid Team.

This course will allow you to gain knowledge on how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. Places will be prioritised based on individual’s roles. MHFA will not teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening. To learn more about the duties and the role of a QMUL mental health first aider, please visit Mental Health First Aid

On course completion you will be added to the MHFA Teams group and HSD managed list. You will be expected to offer support to staff and students in your role as an MHFAider. 


Requalification / Refresher: Refresher training is recommended every two years. Mental Health First Aiders will be contacted directly about refresher sessions via the MHFA Teams Network.

Bookings: Please book on via the CPD Platform, if you have any issues gaining access please contact the IT Helpdesk.

Further Information: If you require any further details, please contact the HSD Helpdesk.

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