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Mental Health First Aid Training Courses

We provide a range of Mental Health first aid courses to cover both statutory workplace requirements and organisations that want to provide training for their staff. A number of our courses are also suitable for those with a general interest in Mental Health.

Part of some of the courses are now available online and being live streamed using ‘Zoom‘. It’s the same great training achieving high levels of interaction and is still being delivered by a knowledgeable and experienced trainer. Where required all course materials are provided in advance of training, all you need is access to the internet and a suitable device (computer, laptop, I-pad or similar) to join in.

“I had the pleasure of attending a training course this week with one of your, first aid, trainers. I have been on a few first aid training courses, as they need renewing, and today I walked away from the course having enjoyed it thoroughly, learned new first aid tips and I now feel a more competent first aider at work. I will also feed back to school on how we can improve our practice and make us a safer school or more importantly more proactive when accidents happen. The trainer was a real credit to Acorn”

ZB, August 2018


Our portfolio of Mental Health First Aid training includes:

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, our choice of courses provide 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

The 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.

PLEASE NOTE: These courses focus 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

What should you expect from Acorn Health & Safety?

The courses enable mental health first aid. Delegates will get a deep understanding of what mental health is and what factors can affect general wellbeing. The course's teach 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 the face to face courses, 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. With E-learning courses, they receive an E-certificate on successful completion.

Our ‘mental health first aid’ course is just one of over 60 courses we offer.  Acorn Health & Safety provides training and consultancy in first aidfire safetyfood safetymanual handlinghealthcare training and health and safety.

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Post course our team of consultants and trainers are available to answer any questions you might have.  You’ll also receive an automatic reminder prior to course expiry.

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 or organisations that only have a few delegates or those looking to release small groups of staff at a time.

Other courses that we specialise and provide consultancy in which could be of interest to you are:

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

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.

Find out more

Call our team on 0117 958 2070 or if it’s out of hours or you prefer e-mail –

Open Course Diary

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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First Aid FAQ's

Do I need to do a full First Aid course again once my certificate expires?
When the Emergency First Aid at work certificate runs out, renewing it would mean completing the same 1 day course. However, when the 3 day First Aid at work certificate runs out, a delegate can complete the 2 day First Aid at work requalification, providing that they complete this course no longer than 28 days after their certificate has expired. 

Do I have to provide First Aid assistance out of work?
No, there is no legal obligation.

What kind of First Aid training do I need?
We would recommend your training is based on the number of staff in your company, the nature of your business and your own company policy. 

Does my company need only one First Aider?
It is best practice to ensure you have sufficient trainers to cover your business in case the usual First Aider is sick, on a different shift pattern or on holiday.Our consultancy team can carry out a First Aid needs assessment for you. 

Who needs First Aid training?
Everybody. Accidents and emergencies happen everywhere and at any time and First Aid knowledge is a good life skill. 

I'm afraid of applying the wrong treatment!?
Our training is designed to give some simple, straightforward skills to be a primary contact in an emergency situation. 

Does a First Aid course qualify me to give out medicine?
No, the courses reference asthma, anaphylaxis and diabetes but will not give you a qualification in administering medicines. We offer a seperate Administering Medication course.

What is the age range for Paediatric First Aid training?
  The Paediatric First Aid course covers training on infants (up to 1 year old) and children up to puberty.

What is the minimum age to learn First Aid?
While some skills require a certain level of physical ability and maturity, the general life skills and practice can be adopted to most age groups. However, Qualsafe accredited courses minimum age is 16.

What do I need first aid wise for schools?
  1. For nursery or pre-schools, you will need to have at least one person on the premises with a Level 3 Paediatric First Aid qualification and may also need a First Aid at Work qualification if there are more than 25 staff.
  2. For Primary schools, you will need a qualified first aider who holds a Paediatric First Aid qualification and may also need a First Aid at Work qualification if there are more than 25 staff.
  3. For Secondary Schools, depending on staff numbers (between 25 and 50), you may need a qualified first aider who holds an Emergency First Aid at Work qualification.

It is important to remember to have a back-up first aider in case of sickness or holidays, as well as someone who is able to administer medicines, or have specific training as needed (ie in Epilepsy or Manual Handling). 


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