As the idea of Mental Health First Aid becomes more popular, some other training providers are starting to offer unlicensed 'mental health first aid' or 'first aid for mental health' instructor training. 

We would advise caution when choosing a training provider, whether you're looking for a mental health first aid course or interested in becoming an instructor yourself. The quality and safety of courses provided by other training providers cannot be guaranteed.

The cost of an MHFA England Instructor Training programme reflects the quality of teaching, materials and support that you will receive as part of your seven day experience.  Cheaper, unlicensed training is unlikely to have the evidence base or quality that is associated with MHFA England Instructor Training programmes, which have been running for over ten years and are part of a global programme run in 25 countries.

Learn more here: Why train with us?

We believe MHFA training works as one part of a joined up mental healthcare system. Each of our courses are based on research and developed by mental health experts with input from people with lived experience of mental ill health. 

Research and evaluation has repeatedly demonstrated the effectiveness of MHFA training in England and worldwide. To learn more visit our Research and evaluation page. You can also read about the impact of our training across a range of organisations in our case studies

MHFA is a global movement that is now in 25 countries! Each country licenses their own MHFA programme separately – you can see a list of all international MHFA programmes at mhfainternational.org.

If MHFA is not in your country yet, you can find out how to license it in your country at mhfainternational.org/license-mhfa.html.

Quick links to other MHFA organisations in the UK:

MHFA Northern Ireland

MHFA Scotland

MHFA Wales

It depends on what you are interested in and who you want to support. We have courses to help you support:

  • General adult population
  • Colleagues and employees in the workplace
  • Young people aged 8-18
  • Students and staff in higher education
  • Armed Forces community

Once you have chosen your area of interest, you can then choose the length of course you want to take. 
 

Once you have chosen the type of course you’re interested in, go to the ‘Book your course’ section at the bottom of the page and use the location or postcode filter to find courses near you.

If you can’t find one in your area, please get in touch with us at info@mhfaengland.org. We will put a call out to local instructors to see if they have anything coming up.

  • First, choose the area you are interested in from the course list
  • For some courses, you will need to choose whether you want to take a two day, one day or half day session
  • Go to ‘Book your course’ at the bottom of the page. You can filter by course type, location and date, or just browse the list of courses below
  • Click the ‘Book Course’ button for the course you are interested in. Fill in your contact details and accessibility requirements, then click ‘Submit’.
  • Your instructor will be in touch to confirm your booking. Please do not book any travel arrangements until the instructor has confirmed your place.

Or, if you are an organisation looking to book multiple places on or in-house delivery, go to our Organisations page to learn more and book.

Just drop us an email on info@mhfaengland.org or call 020 7250 8062 and we’ll ask the instructor to contact you directly.

You’ll need to contact the instructor directly – simply reply to their booking confirmation email.

If you can’t get in touch with the instructor this way, drop us an email at info@mhfaengland.org and we’ll be happy to help.

If you’re on a Two Day course, you need to attend both days to become a Mental Health First Aider. All parts of the course are equally important to learn a safe grounding in MHFA skills. 

Our seven day MHFA Instructor Training programme qualifies you to deliver your own MHFA courses independently. As the only provider of licensed Mental Health First Aid courses in England, our Instructor Training programme is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health

Learn how to become an MHFA England instructor here

Costs vary depending on the location and instructor, but we value our courses as follows:

Two day courses: £300 per person

One day courses: £200 per person

Half day courses: £125 per person

If you have any questions about the cost of attending a course, please contact the instructor of the course you are interested in. Occasionally, some instructors may be able to access local funding to allow them to offer discounted places.

If you are an organisation looking to book multiple places on a course or in-house delivery, please contact our Commercial Team on 020 7250 8069 to discuss prices.

As a community interest company, the money we make goes back into funding our courses. This allows us to make sure all courses meet our quality standards, keep the content up to date, produce all of our materials and create new courses. The money you pay to attend a course will help the instructor cover their costs such as venue hire, travel and course materials.

Occasionally, some instructors may be able to access funding to allow them to offer discounted or free places. Use the ‘Book your course’ tool to browse courses in your area. Or contact us on info@mhfaengland.org and we can send out a message to instructors in your area to see if they have any discounted places available. 

You may also be able to get your employer, place of learning, or a local community organisation to sponsor you to take the course. 

Schools across England may be entitled to at least one free place on a Youth MHFA course for school staff through one of our funded programmes. Learn more and access a place

Please allow four weeks for your certificate to be processed. It’s also worth checking your spam/junk folder in case it has ended up in there by mistake.

If you still haven’t received it, email us on certificates@mhfaengland.org. To help us track it down, please let us know:

  • The date you took the course
  • The location of the course
  • What type of course it was (e.g. Youth MHFA One Day, Adult MHFA Two Day, etc.)
  • The name of the instructor if you know it