Adult 2-Day Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course
Also available as an online course
What will I learn?
Our Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course is split up into four sessions. These are:
Mental Health First Aid, mental health and depression
Depression (cont.) and suicidal crisis
Anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and self-harm
Psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
In each section you’ll learn how to:
Spot the early signs of a mental health problem.
Feel confident helping someone experiencing a mental health problem.
Provide help on a first aid basis.
Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others.
Help stop a mental illness from getting worse.
Help someone recover faster.
Guide someone towards the right support.
Reduce the stigma of mental health problems.
How will I learn?
The Adult MHFA course usually takes place over two full days and is delivered in a classroom setting. It can also be delivered as an online course over a number of days to suit the needs of large companies and organisations as required.
The sessions will be a mix of presentations, group discussions and group work activities, (plus individual online learning modules if delivered as an online course). Our trainers provide a very safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in certain bits, then don’t, we won’t make you do something you aren’t comfortable with. Due to some of the sensitive subjects of our course, including suicide, we limit numbers to 16 people. We want everyone to feel safe and our instructors can help if people find some bits particularly difficult.
You will receive a Adult MHFA reference manual and workbook that you can take away with you at the end of the course and also an attendance certificate from MHFA England to say that you are now a Mental Health First Aider.
Who can attend?
The course is simply for everyone. All we ask is for you to be above 16 yrs of age.This is due to some of the content being quite sensitive and can be upsetting to some. We want to ensure that we create a safe and suitable learning environment for all our attendees.
How do I book on a course?
Current planned course dates are shown here. For enquiries about course cost or to register your interest in attending a course in the future please contact us here. This will send an email to our administration office who will get in touch with you.
Please do not book any travel or accommodation until you have received an email from us confirming you have been allocated a place on a course.
10 & 17 May 22 Online MHFA Course
Steve was a great trainer and kept the trainees engaged at all times. Great course and great insight into MH and its importance to everyone!He was also very accommodating to the trainees regarding breaks and finishing times.
Super course, really enjoyed the pace, energy, case studies, videos and the memorable skillsets shared such as ALGEE. Well pitched with real life examples and scenarios which made it more relatable. I am now aware of the valuable resources and organisations available top support mental health and will try to educate my teams/family/friends etc.
The terminology (slang used to describe mental health in society) also made me realise how damaging that can be, nice to be part of a movement in which the perception of mental health is most definitely changing for the better. Thank you.
Steve was a knowledgable trainer who captured and held the attention of the group throughout the training. His persona; experiences he was willing to share with the group helped put things into perspective. I felt the speed of the course was good and the content was wide. I also felt the 'Black Dog' story was a powerful video that really helped me understand how someone with depression may be feeling. I enjoyed the course and would definitely recommend Steve and the course to others. Thank you.
This course has really improved my knowledge and confidence regarding mental helth and mental ill health.
25-27 Apr 22 Online MHFA Course
Good interaction, Steve has a great way of keeping the conversation flowing and keeping the team focused on the agenda. Time keeping was impeccable.
Really enjoyed the course and being able to interact was essential for me.I think this course will aid me massively in my work, not just in mental health, but in every day conversation and being aware of situations potentially escalating to everything discussed on the course. Thank you.
Steve was a fantastic instructor, made everyone feel very comfortable and was very passionate. Loved the course and will encourage my team to all take part.
thanks Steve, excellent course.
Thank you very much to Steve for being patient and making this course easy to understand. Thos is something I've wanted personally and for my work for a long time and very happy I've done it, made better by a positive process!
12-13 Apr 22 Classroom based Adult MHFA Course
The subject is challenging at times, but the support given was great. The course itself is insightful and has taught me many things but most of all, to share my knowledge with me peers and colleagues attitude and judgement.
Fantastic informative trainer, I learned a lot from this course. Thank you.
Many useful examples and additional information on how to deal with mental health and how to correctly support people around you. Proud that we are charing such an important subject with more people and opening up to mental health to eliminate old thinking that a person with mental ill health is 'crazy' or dangerous. It was the most interesting course.
Steve is absolutely brilliant. Sep the whole group engaged over the two days and its clear he is well experienced. The course materials are excellent.
Steve was one of the most approachable, patient and wonderful instructors I've ever had for a training course. He never lets you feel alone or embarrassed by questions, made us all belly laugh with his humour and his acknowledgement to everyone's feelings was so supportive. Steve - thank you so much, keep on shining superstar!
Steve was very good, kept a good pace and provided enough detail and examples. Breaks were managed well.
22-24 Mar 22 Online MHFA Course
Excellent course, very well structured and delivered. The content was very informative and I feel much more confident and particularly proud to have done it.
Overall I had a good experience with the course. Steve is not only very knowledgeable but also very passionate on what he does. thank you!
Fantastic course and was very interactive. Steve was very good and I would highly recommend him.
Instructor open, honest and kept it interesting.
Steve is a great instructor. The course is brilliant and extremely needed and informative.
This course was so informative and ran at a good pace - the combination of group and individual learning was particularly welcome. This course should be compulsory for all organisations.
22-24 Feb 22 Online MHFA Course
I have already recommended this course to my Line Manager (after 1 day)! Steve Metcalf was a great instructor throughout-giving feedback constantly. I really enjoyed the course and feel it will enable me to better support colleagues and family as well as being more aware of looking after my own MH.
Very informative course.
This course has been very eye-opening and has made me more aware of how common poor mental health really is and the support I will now be able to give people.
Thank you so much for the course, there’s a lot of really great information in the handbook and I know that it will come in very useful in my career as a nurse. The mini hand out will certainly be in my diary from now on.
Many thanks I found day 1 and 2 very informative and your approach to the subject refreshing and positive.
25-27 Jan 22 Online Adult MHFA Course
Excellent course and would recommend to all staff in my workplace. Lots of information received so will need to read and review notes to improve understanding in all areas.
Very informative course, I now feel I have the confidence and knowledge to provide mental health first aid. Many thanks Steve.
Great course, would recommend to everyone, very eye opening.
Steve the tutor was very knowledgeable and I found the course really interesting and well paced. Lots of information and very thought provoking, certainly increased my understanding of mental health conditions and approaches to take. Even if you don't need this course for work I'd still say its worthwhile to do it; just to have the confidence to help someone in need.
Very insightful, excellent instructor.
My confidence and knowledge has vastly improved having done this training.
25-27 Nov Online Adult MHFA Course
Great course overall opens your eyes on the depth of mental illness and how sometimes a conversation can help massively in the smallest and greatest mental health situation.
It has been very beneficial and will mean positive changes will take place, especially in my work place.
Steve delivered the course at a great pace and kept everyone engaged. He encouraged interaction with/and between the trainees which opened up discussions in the breakout rooms very well. His knowledge is second to none and he was able to highlight the importance and seriousness of Mental Health throughout the two days. I enjoyed the different styles of learning throughout the course with the the live sessions and individual learning stages. The new platform of e-learning was very user friendly and varied with the use of videos, multiple choice and written questions.
Thanks very much Steve, I have learned a great deal over the 2 days.
Steve's knowledge on mental health and how he presented the course was exceptional.
25-27 Oct Online Adult MHFA Course
Great course, very informative and will greatly help myself and my colleagues.
I thought the course had a wealth of information available and will help me in supporting others with their mental health challenges.
The manual is very detailed and I thought the mental health action plan (ALGEE) was a useful pneumonic and a great structure to help me support people experiencing mental distress.
Very good course and useful for my role as a commender and medic. I feel more prepared to deal with those coping with mental health related struggles.
Thanks for the very interesting course Steve. I would highly recommend this training to others.
This course has been very up lifting and now I have been giving the skill to assist and support people in a positive environment, knowing I can assist with a person recovering.
27-29 Sep Online Adult MHFA Course
Excellent content and resources. Steve is very knowledgeable
Excellently delivered course. Engaging, informative and hugely beneficial.
One of the best courses I’ve ever been on.
It was great to be a part of the mental health first aid course, I found it hugely interesting and learnt so much. Steve was a fantastic lead instructor and I would highly recommend the course going forward.
Really good content especially with doing case studies, made it easier to absorb and more interactive
Steve was great at the delivering the session.
Very informative and interesting case studies
Very informative course. Having a day break was essential.
Very insightful and gives me confidence in handling MH situations
22-23 Sep Online Adult MHFA Course
Excellent - liked the human centred approach.
I really enjoyed the course and find it very valuable to now have the knowledge and skills to identify and support
people with mental health problems.
Thanks Steve – excellent course!
I think the course is great and very useful for individuals. I will recommend it to others to suggest to their
organisations. It is very helpful as mental health affects us all and being able to support others and ourselves is
I think the course was extremely interesting and educational. Steve was brilliant, really knew his stuff and created a
safe environment where I felt comfortable to speak up. In order to increase my scores I think I now need to go
away and do some of my own reading and practice what I have learnt to feel fully confident.
I thought this was an excellent course. I learned a lot - I will still need to re-visit the materials and my notes as it
was a lot to take in and I'm not sure I can remember everything. I would certainly recommend the course to other
Excellent and thorough training materials. Good course length appropriately spread. Multimedia training approach
Really insightful, evidence based, and has provided real incentive to better support mental health in the workplace.
The course was really well planned and delivered. I loved the idea and understanding of ensuring you let the other
person talk, you are not there to diagnose or advice but to support and communicate non-judgementally to help
individuals seek the best type of support available to them. I also have a better understanding of different types of
mental health issues and feel I will be able to positively support and help a person in need.
Very good learning experience and a great refresher. A lot of information to take on board and looking forward to
reading my manual further.
23-25 Aug Online Adult MHFA Course
Amazing content and brilliant instructor!
I found this course very informative and very clearly delivered.Thank you.I will re-read this information and hope to grow in confidence
Many thanks for all the information and knowledge you have shared with us this week, it’s been a very valuable few days and I am grateful to now be part of the MHFA team.
Thank you so much for the past couple of days! Appreciate the insight so much
I think this training is one of the most vital pieces of the modern workplace jigsaw. It gives people the skills to help colleagues, family and friends. I think the middle day where it's the 'self-learning' could be condensed; so the course could be 2 days rather than 3.
The trainer was great, and I can't recommend the training highly enough.
Steve was really informative and engaging with the class. Thoroughly enjoyed the course, and I have learnt so much.
7-10 Jun 21 Online Adult MHFA Course
An intense few days however has to be one of the most powerful courses I've completed. So much to cover and
lots of food for thought. Really good pace and well delivered.
Steve was great, very informative, and entertaining.
It's was a great experience for me, liberating and informative.
Really enjoyed this course. Was very informative and looking forward to putting everything I've learnt into action.
Steve was brilliant, and especially given we are all virtual he did a great job of keeping everyone informed,
engaged and motivated.
Lots of insightful topics covered, I would have preferred doing it in a two day session with time for the reading and fully stepping away from the day job (it was a bit jarring going from the topics in MHFA and then back to work) Personally I would have liked the option to do all the pre reading in one block prior to the course instead of in four "chunks"
Steve was a fantastic instructor. The course was very informative, and I feel better equipped now to be able to
provide support in these type of situations. I think this knowledge is very useful for everyone to know, many times
we want to help but don't always say the right thing; also I really liked the exercise about our frame of reference
because that automatically helps us listen non-judgementally
Thanks Steve, you have made a real impact to us all!
25-27 May 21 Online Adult MHFA Course
I have learnt so much I will need to take lots of time to reflect and absorb it all! And of course apply it to real life in my work role.
Really good course that I think should be compulsory for all!
Steve was a fantastic course leader. Very efficient and extremely thought provoking. Highly recommend.Thank you v much!!
This course was brilliantly delivered by Steve. It was informative, engaging and so interactive even with the potential limitations of operating online. Enabley is a great platform and found everything easy to use. My confidence has grown in handling mental health first aid. I could not reccomend this course more. I was able to reflect on how I used to be and it's also highlighted my personal progress in my own journey of recovery. Thank you Steve and MHFA England - you have opened my eyes and can't be more grateful.
18-20 May 21 Online Adult MHFA Course
I thought it was an inspirational and enjoyable course. Thank you.
Lots of information to take in, all very interesting though and I feel i've learnt a lot. The case studies were definitely
helpful, seeing how to put into practice the theory that we had learnt. I do want to re-read the manual again to fully
in-bed what we've gone through but on the whole I feel a lot more confident. And I'll make sure to refer to ALGEE as
often as I can. The extensive list of support resources at the back of the manual is brilliant.
My knowledge and understanding around mental health has hugely improved by taking part in this course. I think
the manual is great!
Superb course. Excellently delivered by Steve. Great material (mix of videos, reading and presentation). Great
booklets to keep and refer to in the future. 10 out of 10.
17-19 May 21 Online Adult MHFA Course
An extremely well run, organised and delivered course.
Excellent course and Instructor. Thank you.
Excellent course well presented.
Steve has an excellent presentation style.
Great stuff. Thanks for the opportunity
I really enjoyed the course, however I want to draw particular attention to how good and detailed the course
materials are. Really really good.I would advise that perhaps maybe other courses are offered in specific support of
mental health in POC, LGBTQ, etc.
Steve was really helpful, thorough and was always happy to answer questions. The course material including the
manual and e-learning platform were excellent. The manual covers things in a lot of detail. I feel really confident
now being a Mental Health First Aider.
The course was very well delivered in terms of both structure and content. Steve's knowledge and passion for
mental health is brilliant and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend MHFA course to anyone.
This course was really thought provoking and I personally will take a lot away from this. Steve is a great instructor.
27-29 Apr 21 Online Adult MHFA Course
Excellent...made me think.
Fantastic course, very thorough and interactive. Steve is a great presenter, extremely knowledgeable on the
subject of mental health and a good teacher.
Great instructor knowledgeable and great pace of the course
Thank yo so much for the courses, for all the lessons and information. I am really grateful I had an opportunity to
take participation in the course, there is so much I can take for myself and for the others to save and change their
life for better.
The course was so useful, really clearly instructed and ran. Such useful and important information, and a really
good range of activities and information sharing.
Would really recommend to anyone. - sending more of our team soon!
19-26 Apr 21 Online Adult MHFA Course
Absolutely one of the best courses from an awareness perspective. Thoroughly found it interesting and the way
Steve ran the course made it possible to cover so much in a set time period. The additional examples given by
Steve really helped in understanding the material.
Great course. Very well paced with significant focus on self learning.
I really appreciated the flexibility and support of Steve through the course.
It is an immensely valuable course.
Very interesting and thought provoking course. Good pace and the activities re-enforced the learning
1-3 Mar 21 Online Adult MHFA Course
Excellent course and instructor would recommend everyone to to this.
I really enjoyed the course, the content was relevant and understandable. The material is exceptional and I have enjoyed reading through it and will undoubtedly be using the action plans in my place of work.
Steve is very passionate, experienced and knowledgeable. If he could just slow down a bit as he talks fast.
Steve was very knowledgeable and the course was very insightful.
The course was very useful and I do recommend it to everyone in organisations struggling with mental health in the workplace or working in close contact with people suffering with mental health illnesses.
The trainer brought us together well, in spite of the difficulties of doing this online. He made a great effort to include and acknowledge everyone frequently. His style was direct, open and well-paced, so that we moved on without feeling that anything was being skimmed over, and kept to time. His knowledge is clearly based on huge past and present experience and informs his training thoroughly.It was a good experience as well as a good course and I really appreciated it.
Very good, important course and glad this is so well supported
12-14 Jan 21 Online Adult MHFA Course
Overall, a very good course with lots of information and a mixture of learning materials. Very thorough and inclusive.
Excellent course I thoroughly enjoyed it. Course content was relevant and informative.
Course instructor was very knowledgeable
Good course, easy to navigate. Good structure and good information.
Really enjoyed - valuable, practical and informative. Thank you!
Really enjoyed the course. I can build on the knowledge I have acquired and have found the content of the course interesting and appropriate.
I would like to thank Steve who I feel has been a really good facilitator.
11-18 Jan 21 Online Adult MHFA Course
Excellent course delivered in an effective way. The supporting materials are also excellent. I particularly liked Steve
and his way of delivering the course.
Overall it's an incredibly useful course that I will be recommending to others - in particular line managers or those
who care / are responsible for others. It's been incredibly insightful and has made me feel a lot more confident in
being able to help someone who might be experience a crisis.One thing that was particularly useful was the video
in the psychosis section which showed helpful and unhelpful things to do in a crisis. More videos like that relating
to a suicide crisis or others would be very useful.
Steve was a great presenter, I struggle a lot to keep attention with somebody for that long but not on this course.
The switch between personal learning, group learning, and listening was always great and there were always
breaks at the times I needed them.
Steve was awesome, really knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions. I liked how you encouraged
participation from the group which isn't always easy on video call but also didn't randomly pick on people as this
can be uncomfortable.Thank you for you running the course.
Very good course. Really surprised with the amount of information and activities. It really helped better understand
how to support others and understand a bit better.
Very interesting and useful course. I liked the split of the online sessions and the individual work and the fact that the online sessions were bitesized. The videos were really good too.
6-13 Jul 20 - Online Adult MHFA Course
Really good, really useful and practical course.
My confidence in dealing with MH issues has massively increased since doing this course.
The course was absolutely excellent and Steve was a very good trainer.
I learnt a lot, thank you.
The online platform worked really well and was easy to use.
Steve was a fantastic instructor and the material covered was very beneficial and helpful.
The manuals and workbook was very helpful and I'm sure they will be referred to a lot in the future. Overall I can't recommend the course enough and hope that more people in our office attend.
Thanks Steve, I enjoyed the course a lot.
I found the course extremely interesting and the delivery excellent.
This course has really increased my knowledge about MH issues.
'm really pleased to have been able to go on this excellent course and become a MHFA.
9-10 Mar 20
Great course and instructor, a lot to take in but enjoyable.
This course was extremely interesting and gave me a much better understanding of how best to deal with MH issues. Steve was very engaging.
This training should be done more often in units/companies and more people at work should do this training.
Very well delivered, flawless. Very helpful that the instructor is passionate and knowledgeable about the subject.
Good overall education about the stigma surrounding MH, everything was very informative.
Very good materials and slides. Very engaging and knowledgeable instructor.
I would not of thought I would have got so much out of this course, really useful and inspiring. Thank you Steve.
I would recommend and encourage more people managers attend this course. As a manager, I have dealt with some very difficult situations and this course would have helped me.
5-6 Mar 20
This was a very informative course and I feel that all staff should have an input in relation to MHFA.
Really good course. Excellent instructor, really good with personal stories. Interactive, good use of visual videos to better my understanding of MH, safe space to share personal stories.
Packed course with the right level and variety of slides, workbook and group activities.
Fantastic course, Steve was really interesting to listen to on what is a tough subject to cover. I think all staff should attend this.
Excellent level including real life experiences. Built confidence within the group to allow sharing of personal experiences.
Very good, very informative, thank you.
Extremely good and informative course with the trainer very knowledgeable. The material associated with the course is an extremely useful resource document. Thank you.
Good thought provoking course, delivered in an interesting way.
Really enjoyed the course, it balanced difficult subjects with easy understand and relatable tolls to help people with MH issues. Steve's delivery was on the money - informative, friendly, funny and real.
Feel a lot more confident to use the training/knowledge and techniques taught in work, home and friend situations. Thank you
Full of useful information, very informative, lots to take away and process.
Excellent instructor, well delivered. Instructor demonstrated significant knowledge of subject matter. I sill have a lot to learn/enforce by way of reading.
2-3 Mar 20
Attending this course has given me a much greater understanding of MH and howe best to support people.
Very knowledgeable instructor. Very good and informative course, which has given me more knowledge and confidence.
good interactive learning exercises, good course material and very knowledgeable instructor.
Really good course, thank you Steve.
Very good that it was emphasised that the skills (ALGEE) are applicable to your personal life as much as your work life. I didn't know I'd become an accredited MHF Aider. This would be a good incentive for people to sign up for this course.
Thoroughly enjoyed the 2 days, thanks.
The video clips were varied and helped secure learning. Really valuable course, fascinating content.
Good course, lot to take in, in 2 days.
Really good course. Full of content and very worthwhile. Instructor very knowledgeable.
24-25 Feb 20
The course was great! It has taught me a lot about MH that I need for my work and my general knowledge.
The course has increased my knowledge and understanding of how to support others with a mental health issue.
I found it very informative. I feel more confident now and I did enjoy the training
Excellent course. Helpful, practical and informative.
Very useful knowledge in my work and family life.
I enjoyed the course, it was very informative.
Great two days!
19-20 Feb 20
Excellent course, very disciplined and structured facilitation.
The course was an eye opener and enjoyable. Very good venue. The trainer (Steve Metcalf) was fantastic, would go as far as saying, the best instructor of any course I have ever sat.
Insightful and very well delivered and explained.
Very competent and knowledgeable instructor. Course content extensive and reading materials very informative.
The course was hugely beneficial and delivered extremely well! I would highly recommend to everyone.
Great delivery set at the right level. Very informative.
I really enjoyed the two days.
The course was comfortably paced and very informative.
Steve was very professional, understanding and good at relating to things that have happened. Steve also involved everyone in the course. My understanding has risen a lot from it all, thank you.
Very good and very, very insightful and helpful. Thumbs up!
Good delivery, fantastic accompanying resources.
21-22 Jan 20
The course reinforced my knowledge of mental health and added value to the work that I do every day. I encourage everyone to do this course.
Really insightful and informative course. Steve was an excellent instructor, using a variety of materials and methods to engage the attendees. I have learned a lot in these two days.
I have a better understanding now as the course was delivered in an extremely positive, well constructed way. For me took away some of the pre conceived ideas around mental health. Would certainly recommend people to attend to loose the stigma around mental health.
Instructor's delivery was excellent and to a very high standard. He explained things very well and was thorough when explaining ALGEE and CPR.
The instructor kept the group engaged throughout the course and was very informative.
Excellent variety between exercise, powerpoint and videos. Delighted I attended and will encourage more people to attend.
Very good course, lots of good insight.