Mental Health First Aid - Adult MHFA England

A Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider) supports someone who is experiencing a mental health issue, in the same way as a physical first aider would support someone who is experiencing a physical health issue. So if you or a colleague are in crisis or if you’re feeling emotionally overwhelmed, stressed or depressed, you can call on a MHFAider for support.


MHFAiders are not therapists, just as physical first aiders aren’t doctors – but they will be able to listen, reassure, and help in a crisis, and will be able to signpost someone to get the help they need. MHFAiders are valuable in providing early intervention help for someone who may be developing a mental health issue.

This two day course trains you as a Mental Health First Aider, giving you:

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing

  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues

  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress

  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening

  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support - whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix

  • An understanding of how to look after their own wellbeing and safety


There are 4 sessions covered over the 2 days:

  • Session 1 Mental Health First Aid, mental health and depression
  • Session 2 Depression (cont.) and suicidal crisis
  • Session 3 Anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and self harm
  • Session 4 Psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and recovery

HWGTA are committed to changing the way we think about mental health in the workplace having signed the Time to Change pledge.  We know this is more important than ever, being highlighted by the HSE, so we are pleased to offer the MHFA course at a discounted price of £195.00 per person (£300 RRP) with no VAT to pay.

MHFA England Instructor:  Andrew Lewis

Andrew is our Health, Safety and Wellbeing Trainer, originally having training as a MHFA England Instructor in 2009, so near its start in the UK. 

Trained in MHFA, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills, British Red Cross C.A.L.M.E.R and Shout Volunteer course to assist people texting in when they are struggling to cope.

Andrew's background with teaching, British Red Cross and currently as a volunteer for the Welsh Ambulance Service and Shout developed the skills he's been using as a trainer for HWGTA since 2011.