WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID (MHFA)?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course that is taught in 25 countries around the world. It is the mental health equivalent of physical first aid. MHFA is an evidence-based training course that is designed to teach people how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental ill health. It doesn't teach you how to be a therapist, but you will learn how to listen, reassure and respond to a person experiencing mental health challenges and  guide them to appropriate professional support. 


The main aims of MHFA are to: 

  • preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others
  • prevent deterioration of their emotional or mental state
  • promote recovery of good mental health
  • provide comfort where a person may be in distress
  • raise awareness of mental health issues in the community
  • reduce stigma and discrimination around mental health


Responder MHFA shares the vision of MHFA England to train 1 in 10 people in England in MHFA skills. 

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Why choose responder mhfa?

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MHFA England qualified

Our trainers are accredited Instructor Members of MHFA England,  the only provider of licensed Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training in England. The MHFA instructor training programme is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, meaning by choosing Responder MHFA you can be sure that you will receive high quality training resulting in an officially recognised qualification. 

Excellence

Our trainers are highly qualified, with a wealth of experience in mental health training and our courses receive consistently excellent feedback. Click here to see some recent testimonials. 

Education specialist

Responder MHFA specialises in delivering the Youth Mental Health First Aid course in Schools.  Youth Courses are run by accredited MHFA England Instructor Members with a background in teaching, so our trainers know first-hand the mental health challenges being faced by teachers and students in schools and the training is tailored to the school environment. 

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