Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health Awareness course with Mind, to help you try to understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health problem. 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem every year, so learning how to help is really important.

Mental Health Awareness and Mental Health First Aider (for adults)

Surrey First Aid believes that mental first aid and physical first aid should be treated with the same level of importance. We know the importance in the workplace of knowing how to recognise a heart attack, how to give CPR and how to stop a bleed, but yet we do not give the same focus on how to recognise an anxiety attack, how to give First Aid for a manic episode or how to help when someone is having suicidal thoughts. This is our opportunity to change this. 

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental illness each year. In 2016, 15.8 million UK work days were lost due to mental illness. Mental health related conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression cost the UK economy over £32 billion in 2017, indicating that overhauls to how we treat mental health in the workplace needs to be changed.

Surrey First Aid Training is delighted to deliver Mental Health First Aider and Awareness Training which meets the guidelines of the HSE. This course runs in conjunction with Mind Woking, the Mental Health Charity and covers all aspects of mental health conditions recognition, first aid and where and how to get support. This course can be delivered by our Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA England) registered trainer and training programme, or we also offer a Surrey First Aid Training option which reduces the cost of delivering the training.

Training can be delivered with the trainer in your venue or online.


Mental Health First Aid



Who was this course designed for?

Mental Health Awareness is for anyone aged 16 years upwards in schools, workplaces and community groups, who wants and needs to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues and successfully help a person get the right support.

*It is important to know that the topics covered in this course can be distressing to some people, as we cover topics such as suicide and self-harm. Please ensure if you are booking the course for somebody else, you communicate the course content with your delegates before you book them on it, so that you know they feel comfortable attending the course.*

What is the course content?

You can choose between a half day, 1 day and 2 day course depending on your requirements. What you will learn will depend on the length of course you attend:

Half Day (4 Hours)

This course is an introductory four-hour session to raise awareness of mental health. Delegates will gain an understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma. The course gives delegates a basic knowledge of common mental health issues and teaches them how to look after their own mental health and wellbeing.

  • What is mental health?
  • Mental Health Continuum
  • Factors which affect mental health
  • Stigma
  • Stress and stress management
  • Spotting signs of distress
  • Mental health conditions
  • Recovery
  • Supporting mental health in the workplace
  • Useful statistics
  • Helpful resources

One Day

This one-day course will ensure delegates gain an understanding of common mental health illnesses and be given the confidence to promote mental health awareness. The course gives delegates the ability to spot signs of mental ill health and the skills to support positive wellbeing for themselves and others.

  • 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
  • Applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • Suicide
  • Recovery
  • Building a mentally healthy workplace
  • Action planning for using MHFA

Two Days

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

You can choose between a half day (4 hours), 1 day and 2 day course depending on your requirements.

What is the assessment method?

There is no formal assessment. Learning takes place through a mix of group activities and discussions.

What certificate we do receive?

On completion of the course, delegates will receive a Mental Health Awareness attendance certificate.

How do I book?

Groups - If you are interested in booking this course for your group at your venue please fill out our group booking enquiry form.

Individuals - If you are an individual looking to attend our public course, you can book your place here.

What is the cost?

Groups - Please send us an enquiry to receive a personalised quote.

Individuals - £350 inc. VAT per person.