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Mental Health First Aid Training

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At some point in our lives mental health has affected us all. It affects how we feel, how we think and also how we behave, but do we recognise the symptoms in order to manage and deal with mental health effectively?

Mental Health First Aid England has approved Kath Cheer and Paul Horsman from the Charity for Civil Servants to deliver adult MHFA courses. This 2 day internationally recognised course is open to any Civil Servants and will teach you to recognise the symptoms of mental health issues, provide initial help, and will also provide information on how to guide a person towards seeking appropriate professional help.


What you will learn:

  • What is mental health?
  • Suicide and depression
  • Anxiety, eating disorders, and self harm
  • Psychosis

In each section you’ll learn how to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health issue
  • Feel confident helping someone experiencing a mental health issue
  • Provide help on a first aid basis
  • Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
  • Help stop a mental health issue from getting worse
  • Help someone recover faster
  • Guide someone towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health issues

This course is for 2 full days and you must be able to attend from 9:00am to 5:00pm on both days. There are two courses available:

Birmingham   15 and 16 November 2017

Nottingham     6 and 7 December 2017

The usual cost of this 2 day training course is £300. The Charity for Civil Servants will be running the training at a significantly reduced rate of £100.

You will need your line manager’s approval that your department will pay the cost for the course and any travel.  Please check your department's policies towards MHFA (or equivalent) training - some areas of the country and some departments have their own arrangements for describing and training in Mental Health awareness and support e.g. MH Advocate, Ally, Ambassador, Buddy or Champion. 

If you would like to attend the Mental Health First Aid training, please email Vanessa or Lynda to request a booking form. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


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  1. Comment by Dawn Hamilton posted on

    Will this course be available in the Yorkshire area anytime please?

  2. Comment by Ayda EL-Deweiny posted on

    We could really do with this in London. I completed Mental health first Aid training some years ago. I wish all staff on the front line could be trained!

  3. Comment by G Coyne posted on

    Anybody thinking about this should go for it! I did this last month and found it interesting and informative. Kath and Paul are great. I haven't managed to put my skills into practice yet but it has give me the confidence to be able to help or lend an ear to someone in need.
    Courses like this should be more readily available especially with us hearing about/or knowing so many suffering from mental health issues.

  4. Comment by Helen posted on

    Hi, ive been trying to get on this course since November last year. Any chance you have a course running in the North West?



  5. Comment by Christy Rostron posted on

    There are a number of people in the Liverpool area interested in this course, would it be possible to organize a session in the North West please?


  6. Comment by Sally Webb posted on

    Hi Lynda,

    Please could you send me an application form for the Birmingham and/or Nottingham MHFA England course?

    Thank you.

  7. Comment by Joanne Shipley posted on

    Hi Lynda, please could I get an application form for the Birmingham event? My email address is

  8. Comment by Sarah Blayney posted on

    Hi there I would like to know if this course is going to be run in London at anytime soon?
    Would be great to know
    Many Thanks

    • Replies to Sarah Blayney>

      Comment by Susan Coles posted on

      Hi Sarah
      Yes we are running this course early next year in London. Keep an eye on our blog for details

  9. Comment by Katie Dieleman posted on

    Will there be a course in Bristol any time soon?

    • Replies to Katie Dieleman>

      Comment by Lynda Ward posted on

      There will be other courses but venues are yet to be confirmed. Please keep checking the Blog pages.

  10. Comment by Catherine Taylor posted on

    Hi Lynda
    Will there be any courses in the North West?

    • Replies to Catherine Taylor>

      Comment by Lynda Ward posted on

      Hi Catherine I've responded via your e-mail. Kind regards Lynda

  11. Comment by Jacqui Barker posted on

    Hi, I would also be interested in a London based course. Will keep an eye on this blog for announcements.

    • Replies to Jacqui Barker>

      Comment by John Mark Haskey posted on

      Jacqui, you may find it helpful to subscribe to the blog so that you can be notified if these courses are being run again in your area. Note that some department's use different terms to describe Mental Health awareness and support e.g. MH Advocate, Ally, Ambassador, Buddy or Champion. Some departments offer their own MHFA (or equivalent) training.