Mental Health First Aid Online (Two Day)


Our Mental Health First Aid Online course teaches you how to help a person who has developed a mental health problem, is experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or is presently in a mental health crisis.

  • Overview

    Our Mental Health First Aid Online course teaches you how to help a person who has developed a mental health problem, is experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or is presently in a mental health crisis.

    Who is it for?

    The course is ideal for anyone interested in mental health and the impact it can have on business performance.

    It will enable employees who have responsibility for the well being of staff, those with an interest in mental health issues and those working closely in teams, to better understand about mental health conditions and the various outcomes these can have across all aspects of the workplace.

    Qualification will enable persons to support colleagues and adopt positive mental health strategies.

    This course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider, giving you:

    • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect well-being.

    • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues.

    • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress.

    • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening.

    • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support, whether that is self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a combination.

    Course Format

    • This is an online course delivered through the MHFA England Online Learning Hub by one of Safetyboss’ own experienced trainers.

    • Learning takes place through four live training sessions, spread across two weeks, with self-learning activities in between (covered in more detail in the ‘structure’ section).

    • Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan.

    • Numbers are limited to 16 people per course so that our instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.

    The course includes…

    Everyone who completes the course gets:

    • A certificate of attendance to say you are a Mental Health First Aider.

    • A manual to refer to whenever you need it.

    • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan.

    • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health.

  • Benefits

    Successful completion of this online training course enables you to help a person who has developed a mental health problem, is experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or is presently in a mental health crisis.

    Like traditional first aid, Mental Health First Aid does not teach you how to treat or diagnose mental health or substance use conditions. Instead, the training teaches you how to offer initial support until appropriate professional help is received or until the crisis resolves.

    Whilst first aid for physical health crises is familiar to us all, conventional first aid training has not generally incorporated mental health problems.

    Successful completion of this course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider.

  • Structure

    This is a two-day training course.

    The course is broken down into the following sessions:

    Session 1

    Individual learning (1 hour)

        • Introduction to the Online Mental Health First Aid course and the Online Learning Hub (course overview, safety procedure, attending live sessions, and completing individual learning activities)

        • Activity 1: Why Mental Health First Aid?

        • Activity 2: The Mental Health First Aid action plan

        • Activity 3: What is mental health?

        • Activity 4: Quiz: Impact of mental health

        • Activity 5: Stress Container (completed after live session)

        • Activity 6: Frame of Reference (completed after live session)

    Live session (1 hour 45 minutes)

        • Introduction to course functions

        • Introduction to the course

        • ALGEE and mental health introduction recap

        • Stigma

        • Risk and protective factors

        • 10-minute break

        • Frame of Reference

        • The Mental Health Continuum

        • Introduction to the Stress Container

    Session 2

    Individual learning (2 hours)

        • Activity 7: What is depression?

        • Activity 8: Risk factors for depression

        • Activity 9: Mental Health First Aid for depression

        • Activity 10: Introduction to suicide

    Live session (2 hours 20 minutes)

        • Recap of individual learning on depression

        • Prevalence of suicide

        • Suicide, substance misuse and dual diagnosis

        • Analyse the impact of suicidal feelings

        • Recap of ALGEE and risk factors for suicide

        • Explain Mental Health First Aid action plan 1 for suicide

        • 10-minute break

        • Explain non-judgemental listening, Empathy video

        • Practice using ALGEE in case study scenarios

        • Review of ALGEE for suicide and depression

        • Self-care

    Session 3

    Individual learning (2 hours)

        • Activity 11: What is anxiety?

        • Activity 12: Mental Health First Aid for anxiety

        • Activity 13: What are eating disorders?

        • Activity 14: Mental Health First Aid for eating disorders

        • Activity 15: What is self-harm?

        • Activity 16: Mental Health First Aid for self-harm

        • Activity 17: What are personality disorders?

    Live session (2 hours)

        • Recap of individual learning of anxiety

        • Recap of the five basic steps of ALGEE for anxiety

        • Explain action 1 for anxiety

        • How to support someone who is having a panic attack

        • Explain crisis first aid

        • Practice action 2: non-judgemental listening

        • 10-minute break

        • Explain non-judgemental listening, Empathy video

        • Practice applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan for anxiety

        • Recap of ALGEE for anxiety

        • Explain cognitive behavioural therapy

        • Recap of eating disorders and self-harm

        • Case study for eating disorders and self-harm

        • Review ALGEE for eating disorders and self-harm

    Session 4

    Individual learning (2 hours)

        • Activity 18: What is psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?

        • Activity 19: Risk factors for psychosis

        • Activity 20: Mental Health First Aid for psychosis

        • Activity 21: Helpful and unhelpful responses

        • Workbook Activity 10: My action plan for using Mental Health First Aid (completed after live session)

    Live session (1 hour 55 minutes)

        • Review of individual learning on psychosis

        • Explain the development of symptoms of psychosis

        • Review the five steps of ALGEE for psychosis

        • Group discussion about MHFA Australia psychosis video

        • Case study activity using Mental Health First Aid action plan for psychosis

        • 10-minute break

        • Recovery

        • Explore how to build a mentally healthy workplace

        • Start action plan to use Mental Health First Aid

        • Feedback

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