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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) – WB01

Our Mental Health First Aid training is aimed at those who want to gain the necessary skills to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues and effectively guide a person towards the right support. Successful completion of this course qualifies the delegate to be a Mental Health First Aider and is valid for 3 years.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) suggests organisations include mental health into their Health and Safety strategy.

“This training has given me so much information and the confidence to at least try to save a persons life. My husband has atrial fibrillation (a type of arrhythmia, or abnormal heartbeat) so this is fantastic for me. I am now confident to attempt lifesaving. I would change nothing about the course, I found it perfect”


“The trainer made learning easy. Lots of good basic advice and reinforcement of learning. Now I won’t be afraid to try to administer first aid. 10/10”


1/2 Day Bespoke Adult Basic First Aid, April 2024
NEC Care

Why do our customers choose us?

Mental ill health costs UK employers £34.9 billion each year.

Whether you choose a single place on our open course or training for an entire staff team, this two day course provides delegates with essential managing mental health knowledge.

Our courses are delivered by knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainers all of whom hold adult teaching qualifications supported by professional qualifications.

They have gained their hands-on first aid experience from a variety of different backgrounds over many years including nursing, armed forces, emergency services, hospitality, Voluntary Aid Societies, as well as other industry sectors before becoming qualified instructors.

The more we know and understand, the more we are able to prevent, manage and treat ill health.

Teaching 18,000 delegates a year Acorn Health & Safety offer training to individuals, groups and entire staff teams we are committed to providing excellent training delivered in a relaxed, yet informative style.

How do we approach mental health first aid training?

There are three levels of intervention where organisations could support the health and well-being of their employees – by preventing, managing and treating issues. The first step towards overcoming obstacles is to increase our knowledge, awareness and self-awareness. The more we know, the more we understand, and the more we understand the easier it becomes to do something about challenges that come our way.

We cannot ignore mental health when we consider Health and Safety strategies in the workplace.

Mental health is an integral element of our overall health and it should be accepted and acknowledged so that we can learn how to prevent, manage and treat it pretty much in the same way we do with physical health.

Evidence suggests a healthy workforce is good for business. Benefits that organisations can expect to see will include:-

  • Reduced sickness absence from work
  • Reduced accidents at work
  • Improved employee retention
  • Higher employee engagement and commitment
  • Higher work productivity
  • Enhanced employer brand
  • Greater employee resilience

This Mental Health First Aider Training course programme provides the skills, knowledge and understanding of first aid for mental health and how to effectively support those experiencing distress.  We will employ a variety of teaching techniques to meet the needs of individual delegates who will learn how to:

  • Spot early signs of mental health issues and how to provide initial help to anyone experiencing issues
  • Preserve life where a person may be at risk of harm to themselves or others
  • Promote recovery and good mental health
  • Guide someone towards appropriate treatment and sources of help
  • Understand the stigma that exists around mental health
  • Apply the mental health action plan within the context of mental health issues including depression, suicidal crisis, anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders, self-harm, psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

Should you have any questions relating to the accessibility of this course please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

PLEASE NOTE: This course focuses on employees in the workplace and covers subjects that some people may find distressing, including suicide and self-harm. The delegate can leave the course at any time if they feel overwhelmed

This course is of 2 days duration and our open course includes a buffet lunch each day

What should you expect from Acorn Health & Safety?

This two-day course enables mental health first aid. Delegates will get a deep understanding of what mental health is and what factors can affect general wellbeing. This course teaches practical skills to spot the signs of mental illness and gives the delegate the confidence to step in and support a person who may need assistance.

We’ll provide delegates with a variety of printed course materials including workbooks and handouts.  On successful completion of this course delegates will receive a printed course certificate of attendance from MHFA England, the only provider of licensed Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training in England, confirming their status as a Mental Health First Aider and is valid for 3 years.

Our ‘mental health first aid’ course is just one of over 60 courses we offer.  Acorn Health & Safety provides training and consultancy in first aid, fire safety, food safety, manual handling, healthcare training and health and safety.

We can provide a wide variety of accredited or tailor-made courses, these can be ‘in-house’ or ‘open’ programmes.

Our ‘in-house’ course programmes are the most cost effective option if you’ve a number of staff requiring training, and in many cases can be adapted to include reference to local policy, practice and documentation.  These courses can be delivered either at any suitable venue or you can hire our purpose-built training centre located in Warmley, Bristol, whichever is best suited to your needs.

We also run a rolling programme of ‘open courses’ which are particularly suited for individuals, organisations that only have a few delegates or those looking to release small groups of staff at a time.

Please contact us to discuss all of your training needs so we can advise the most suitable and cost effective solution.

For other courses, relevant to your industry or sector please see our industry information page, alternatively we have found that people attending this course also attend:

Not every course can be 'off the shelf'.

Our tailored health and safety training is aimed at meeting the needs of customers who have specific subjects to be covered within their health and safety staff training.

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Aimed at businesses and individuals requiring specific training or those with only a few members of staff to train our open courses run regularly throughout the year and cover a variety of different subjects.

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