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Mental Health First Aid England Online Course

Mental Health First Aid England Online Course

Regular price £300.00

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Welcome to the very first MHFA England course hosted by DEVSOC. We've preached for a while now about mental health, what it means to us and some of the things that can be done surrounding it. One of the strongest things we believe in is PREHAB; the art of strengthening your body BEFORE an injury takes hold. We believe this can be applied to your own mental wellbeing and state of mind. It's up to you to build yourself into a well-rounded person that can navigate the ebbs & flows of life. This course will not only give you the tools to paddle safely down that river, but also to help those around you who might be struggling in the current. Members of DEVSOC have attended this course recently and have decided to incorporate it into the community. Let's get learnt together.

Note - There are only 10 spaces available for this course. This is to ensure the learning environment is kept to a high standard. There will be more courses in the future, but as of yet, they are not forecasted.

Upon securing your place you'll receive an email with instructions on how to register your learning profile, check your junk if you don't see it in your normal inbox.


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

  • 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

It's run via Zoom sessions on the evenings of the 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th February. The course is accredited by MHFA England and you will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.


The course cost to attend is £300 per person. This cost is set by MHFA England (we'd give them away if we could)


The course will take place over four evenings in February (15th, 16th, 17th, 18th). Sessions will run from 1800 - 2030 via Zoom.

Key Points:

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

Course Content:

Session 1:

Individual learning, prior to the course (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

Sessions 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 on 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
  • Practice applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan 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 are 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

Further Reading:

For more information on the course, visit the MHFA England website here

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