Mental Health First Aid Two Day


The Mental Health First Aid Course is ideal for individuals you want to become Mental Health First Aiders and will be delivered 2 consecutive, face-to-face sessions. Mental Health First Aid Training, certified by MHFA England.

Numbers on this course are limited to 16 to ensure that learners are engaged and kept safe and supported throughout the course. All learners will receive a digital copy of the MHFA Manual and a hard copy of the Workbook and Action Plan. You can request hard copies of the manual if you would prefer.

Upon successful completion of this course, Mental Health First Aiders will become members of MHFA England for 3 years with access to the MHFAE Online Learning Hub, the CPD within, and the MHFAider Support App.

Since January 2017, CHSG has been offering subsidised places on the Mental Health First Aid Courses, run in accordance with MHFA England. These courses have now become a permanent fixture of CHSG’s training courses.

Within the Construction Industry, Health and Wellbeing has not been a primary focus, until recently. CHSG is progressively focusing on the promotion and understanding of working and dealing with Mental Health and Wellbeing in the workplace. By subsidising these courses, CHSG is able to make their training more widely available to both members and non-members. 

Did you know this course qualifies for a NASC Member Funding discount also?


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“The first course was superb, all of the candidates really enjoyed it, learned a great deal and are keen to put into practice that which they took away from the package.”

Steve Kelly, Cappagh Browne

Course Overview

The Mental Health First Aid Course will qualify you as a Mental Health First Aider once successfully completed. Learning takes place through a mix of presentation, group discussions, film clips and activities. The aims of Mental Health First Aid are:

    • To preserve life where a person may be at risk of harm to themselves or others
    • Provide help to prevent poor mental health from becoming more serious
    • Promote recovery from poor mental health
    • Provide comfort to a person with poor mental health

This course is ideal for those interested in becoming a Mental Health First Aider. The role of the Mental Health First Aider includes; encouraging early intervention, providing non-judgemental listening, signposting to other services and responding to a mental health crisis. It is important that Mental Health First Aiders are clear on their role, the boundaries of this role and also how to promote wellbeing within their organisations.

How Does it Work?

The course is delivered over 2 consecutive face-to-face sessions, and the number of delegates on the course is limited to 16 to ensure that learners are engaged and kept safe and supported. 

All learners receive a digital copy of the MHFA Manual and a hard copy of the Workbook and Action Plan. You can request a hard copy of the manual if you would prefer. 

At the end of the second session, once all learning requirements have been met, you will be asked to complete feedback before e-certificates are issued. 

Full attendance of the sessions is required for certification. 

It is critical that you register in advance of the course start date to ensure that you have the necessary resources to attend and complete the course.

What do You Get?

By completing this course and becoming a Mental Health First Aider you will:

  • Become a member of Mental Health First Aid England for 3 years
  • Gain access to the Mental Health First Aid England Online Learning Hub where you can access CPD, for 3 years
  • Gain access to the Mental health First Aider Support App for 3 years
  • Have a Mental Health First Aid course manual to reference at any point
  • Have a workbook used to support your learning throughout the course
  • Have a wallet-sized Action Card with the MHFA action plan on it.

Session Outline

Session 1

  • Introducing Mental Health First Aid
  • The MHFAider Role
  • Self-care
  • Introduction to ALGEE
  • What is mental health?
  • Helpful & unhelpful language
  • Frame of reference
  • Our window on the world
  • Stress container
  • MHFA Conversation 1
  • What influences mental health?
  • Inequalities in mental health
  • The Mental Health Continuum
  • What is anxiety?
  • Signs & Symptoms of anxiety
  • Crisi first aid after a traumatic event
  • Active listening & empathy
  • Demonstrate helpful and unhelpful listening actions
  • What is self-harm?
  • Crisis first aid for self-harm
  • What is substance misuse
  • MHFA conversation practice
  • Quiz

Session 2

  • Applying ALGEE to case studies
  • What is depression?
  • Signs and symptoms of depression
  • What is suicide?
  • Crisis first aid for suicide
  • What is psychosis?
  • MHFA conversation 3
  • First aid for psychosis
  • MHFA conversation practice
  • Quiz
  • Recovery and lived experience
  • Applying ALGEE to case studies
  • MHFA conversation 4
  • Boundaries in the MHFAider role
  • Case studies
  • Quiz
  • MHFA conversation practice
  • Moving forward in the MHFAider role
  • My MHFA Action plan

All training is conducted at our John Ryder Training Centre in Chertsey. Centre opening hours are 8am to 5.30pm, but this course commences at 9am and will finish at approx 5pm, unless otherwise stated in the joining instructions you receive.

Refreshments are included on all courses, but NO LUNCH is currently provided, but there are lots of lunch options within walking distance of the centre.

Please ensure you have read the joining instructions before arriving at our training centre. 

If you are travelling by road, Chertsey is served by both the M3 and M25. No parking is permitted on the grounds of the Centre, but there is sufficient free parking in and around Chertsey, all within walking distance.

For those using public transport, Chertsey is served by a good service from Waterloo, changing at Staines, Weybridge or Virginia Water for the Chertsey line. The station is approximately ten minutes walk from the Centre. 

If you are attending a two day course and require overnight accommodation, a local hotel list is available upon request.

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1 and 2 August 2024