Mental Health First Aid Course

The two-day MHFA course, subsidised by CHSG, is an internationally recognised training course designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

This course can be attended by anyone from the age of 16 upwards and is relevant for the general population

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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 teach you how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and equip you with the necessary skills to provide help n a first aid basis. The aim of this course is to:

  • Give a deeper understanding of the issues that impact on and relate to people’s mental health
  • Teach practical skills that can be used every day, including being able to spot the signs of and symptoms of mental health issues and feel confident guiding people towards appropriate support. 
Each and every MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor. Each instructor must have attended the 7 day instructor training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health. 
All attendees will receive a copy of the MHFA manual and workbook, which are both excellent support resources. When you have completed the course you will also receive a certificate to confirm that you are a trained Mental Health First Aider. 

Course Content

The courses delivered in four manageable chunks, each with a focus on how to apply Mental Healthcare First Aid skills. There are four sessions split across the two days:

Session 1 covers; mental health first aid, mental health and depression.

Session 2 covers; depression (continued) and suicidal crisis.

Session 3 covers; anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and self-harm.

Session 4 covers; psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. 

Benefits of Completing a MHFA Course

Independent research and evaluation has shown that taking part in a mental health first aid course:

  • Raises awareness and mental health literacy
  • Reduces stigma around mental health
  • Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
  • Encourages people to start a conversation with a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue
  • Promotes early intervention, which enables recovery. 
MHFA won’t teach you how to be a therapist, but you will be able to say you are a Mental Health First Aider.


All training is conducted at our John Ryder Training Centre in Chertsey. Center opening hours are 8am to 5.30pm, the course commences at 9am and finish at approx 5pm , unless otherwise stated in the joining instructions. Refreshments are included on all courses (lunch is included on full day courses only). 

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 of the John Ryder Training Centre. 

For those that use public transport, Chertsey if 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. 

Included here is a Google Map of the location.

Additional information


£100 per person