Mental Health First Aider Training (2 Day)

Thursday 21 February 2019, 9am - 4pm

Bookable Room 1 - Union House


£0.00 (PGR)
£0.00 (General)
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21st Feb 9am - 4pm & 22nd Feb 9am - 4pm - attendance at both days is necesscary to complete the course. 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course that will teach you how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.

You’ll also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.

What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma in the world around you.

Attendance at this two day course will qualify you as a Mental Health First Aider. By the end of this course you will have:

  • An in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • 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’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix

This course is being offered to you for free by postgrad(su) but is normally worth around £300 per person. Therefore, it is very important that you can commit to attending both days of the course, you will not gain the MHFA qualification if you only attend part of the course and we will have lost a space that could be used by someone else. If your circumstances change, please tell us as soon as possible by emailing

Trigger warning: The course itself takes place across four sessions, through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions and each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan. The course involves learning and discussion around a range of mental health problems including depression, suicide, substance misuse, anxiety disorders, self-harm, eating disorders and psychosis. Some of the content may trigger emotive or distressing feelings. If you feel that this will affect your engagement with the course, please contact if you wish to discuss this with us before the course. During the course, there will be lots of opportunities to raise any personal concerns with the instructor and take any breaks as needed. 

All the information about what the sessions will entail an be found via this link:  

IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND BOTH DAYS OF THIS COURSE PLEASE DO NOT GET A TICKET! You can only qualify for MHFA if you attend both days, if you buy a ticket and realise you can no longer attend please contact us at as soon as possible. 

As part fo the Courage project 50% of the spaces are reserved for PGR student and the rest are open to all Postgraduates.