Adult Mental Health First Aider Course (2 Day)

The Adult Mental Health First Aid course has been developed by MHFA England and delivered by St John Ambulance. This two-day training course qualifies delegates as ‘Mental Health First Aiders’. Delegates will get a deep understanding of what mental health is and what factors can affect wellbeing. The course teaches delegates practical skills to spot the signs of mental illness and gives them the confidence to step in and support a person who needs assistance.

Course Description

This Adult Mental Health First Aid course gives delegates the skills to have a non-judgemental conversation, recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues and effectively guide a person towards the right mental health support.

Delegates will gain an in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing, as well as practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental illness, and the confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress.

All delegates receive a mental health first aid manual, workbook, and line managers’ resource to support learning.

Who Should Attend?

This mental health training course is suitable for those who want to gain the necessary skills to have a non-judgemental conversation, recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues and effectively guide a person towards the right support.

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.


You do not need any prior knowledge or training to attend, but an interest in the subject is strongly advisable. Delegates must be 16 or older to attend this course.

Candidates need a basic command of English (defined as Level 2). While the St John Ambulance are often able to provide support to people who do not have English as a first language, their ability to do so is limited by the time available and the number of people who require assistance. SJA may be able to make special arrangements if requested in advance. Please contact us if you need any guidance.

Booking for large numbers of students? Please call us on 0844 5766750 to discuss on-site training options.

Course Duration

Two days

Topics Covered

  • Action planning for using Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
  • Alcohol, drugs and anxiety disorders
  • Alcohol, drugs and mental health
  • Alcohol, drugs and psychosis
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Cognitive distortions and cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis
  • Crisis first aid after a traumatic event
  • Depression in the workplace
  • Eating disorders
  • First aid for anxiety disorders
  • First aid for depression
  • First aid to assist a suicidal crisis
  • Impact of mental health issues
  • Non-judgemental listening skills
  • Personality disorders
  • Recovery and building resources
  • Risk factors for depression
  • Risk factors for psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-care
  • Self-harm
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Suicide figures
  • Symptoms of depression
  • The Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • Treatment and resources for anxiety disorders
  • Treatment and resources for depression
  • Treatment and resources for psychosis
  • Warning signs of developing psychosis
  • What is an anxiety disorder?
  • What is depression?
  • What is mental health?
  • What is psychosis?
  • Why Mental Health First Aid?

Assessment and Certification


There is no formal assessment for this course but delegates must complete all sections of the course.


On completion of the course, delegates will receive a ‘Mental Health First Aider’ certificate. Mental Health First Aid England issue the certificates and delegates can expect to receive their certificate one month after attending the course. Currently there is no need to take a refresher course; certificates remain valid.