Public Adult Mental Health First Aid One Day Champions (MHFA England) Free or part funded classroom training course.


Public Adult Mental Health First Aid One Day Champions (MHFA England) Free or part funded classroom training course.

£200.00 £70.00

This one day course qualifies you as an MHFA Champion. This course is suitable for anyone over the age of 18. Eligibility criteria for free seats below.

  • If you are booking for yourself: Register your details for the relevant date, then add the course to your basket and proceed through checkout to pay and confirm your place
  • If you are booking on behalf of one or more other people: Register each learner individually (using register button below for the relevant date), entering their full name and email address, then either add the appropriate number of courses to your basket and proceed through checkout to pay to confirm their places or contact us to arrange payment via invoice or purchase order
  • Fully funded seats available, eligibility criteria below
  • This course can also be delivered on site, subject to our risk assessment.

About this course

This Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England course trains delegates to be MHFA champions. The focus of this course is around understanding how to help build a mentally healthy workplace, challenge stigma and support positive well being for learners and others. Delegates will gain the confidence to advocate for mental health awareness.

This course covers stress, resilience and the risk factors for common mental health issues and mental health illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Delegates learn about crisis scenarios in mental health.

This course also introduces delegates to law and policy around mental health, discrimination litigation, and why organisations need to have a health and wellness strategy.

This course is ideal for organisations who wish to train their employees to ‘support’ existing mental health first aiders (MHFA), as well as empowering individuals to increase their own wellbeing and reduce stigma. To gain the full skill set of mental health first aid skills you must attend the two day course. Adult MHFA courses are for every one aged 18 upwards.

Our open public courses are memorable and according to delegate feedback, life changing for some. By running open courses that are inclusive we attract a mixed demographic which we believe is beneficial to all as we continue to learn from each other and grow as a more open minded and tolerant society.

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn. We always provide an opt-out option on all activities. Although these are facilitated in an inclusive, fun and engaging way we also understand some topics may be upsetting or triggering for some individuals.

Our instructors are experienced in creating and facilitating a non-judgemental learning environment. The MHFA course also teaches participants to take away this attitude into their own lives following the training. All learners are made to feel safe and we often see the group bond as a result.

This course includes guidelines on infection prevention in Mental Health First Aid safety in relation to the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS–CoV–2). We are proud to operate a socially distanced training environment in the classroom. We are also fully aware of the anxiety that many students have over coming into a public space. There is a lot to think about which we have already thought about. You are in safe hands.

On-site training for all staff is a more cost effective option. We can also arrange the venue with free parking and hot or cold lunch to suit your schedule. Contact us to discuss your individual needs.


This course is suitable for anyone over 18.

Please be aware that this course focuses on employees in the workplace and covers subjects that some people may find distressing, including suicide and self-harm. If an attendee feels overwhelmed, they can leave the course at any time.

If you feel in advance that this subject may be too distressing for the attendee please do not book them on without first asking them whether they would feel comfortable attending.

If the attendee is unsure whether mental health first aid is right for them, please encourage them to contact us to discuss their concerns.

For support with your mental health, please contact Samaritans on 116 123, or NHS 111.

You do not need any prior knowledge or training to attend.

Course topics

Session 1
• About Mental Health First Aid
• About mental health and stress in the workplace
• Stigma and discrimination
• Depression
• Anxiety disorders
• Other mental health issues (eating disorders, self-harm, psychosis)
• Early warning signs of mental ill health
• Alcohol, drugs and mental health

Session 2
• Applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan
• Action 1: Approach the person, assess and assist with any crisis
• Suicide
• Action 2: Listen and communicate non-judgementally
• Action 3: Give support and information
• Action 4: Encourage the person to get appropriate professional help
• Action 5: Encourage other supports
• Recovery
• Building a mentally healthy workplace
• Action planning for using MHFA


There is no formal assessment for this course, but delegates must complete all sections of the course. Learning takes place across two manageable sessions. Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, exercises, and case studies.
Each session is built around a Functional Mental Health First Aid action plan. We do not want you to be daunted by this prospect. Absolutely no pressure to present your ideas unless you feel comfortable to do so. It is our job to ensure you feel part of an inclusive space, and that you understand and retain the knowledge that is relevant to your own lived experiences. This is what we do best.


Learners will receive a Certificate from MHFA England.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course. Every MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor who has attended the Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, (RSPH)

Additional information

Accessibility: Please contact us in advance if you have any accessibility questions or requirements.

On the day: Important Information 

If you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of the Coronavirus disease, please do not come to the training. Instead, stay at home and follow the advice on the NHS website

Call us on 07880 542663 if you need to postpone and we will arrange an alternative classroom date.

We have worked hard to make sure you feel comfortable and enjoy the course despite social distancing and new non-contact ways to teach.

What to expect and how to prepare for your classroom training:

  • On arrival, you will be given your own goodie pack with hand sanitiser, manuals, workbooks and everything you need for the course. We are operating socially distanced training in a large venue. PPE is optional rather than mandatory.
  • You may wish to bring a notebook for any additional notes.
  • If it is suitable weather and the learners are all in agreement, some of the training may take place outdoors.
  • If appropriate, we encourage you could check the status of your current health and wellness policy before the course as it might be useful for comparison. If this is not applicable to your circumstances, please do not worry, we will go through this during the course.
  • Complementary refreshments are provided. You will need to bring your own lunch.

If you are running late or have any issues on day of the course, please contact your trainer. You will be notified of their name and mobile number by email prior to the training.



Fully Funded Courses

Some of our courses are funded through the Adult Education Budget allocated by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) or the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and part financed by the 2014-20 European Social Fund (ESF) programme. This funding is managed by Cambridgeshire Skills, Cambridgeshire County Council.

We are able to fully fund (free) those who meet the eligibility criteria listed below: please download the document “Eligibility criteria for free spaces” to find out more.
• Low skilled (prior attainment level 2 and below or no qualifications at all)
• Low waged earning less than £17004 annual gross wage
• Unemployed
• Furloughed
• Learning will support progression to further relevant learning or employment
• Shielded residents/Covid-19

The funding eligibility is identified on the back page of the brochure available to download below

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