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MHFA two day course

Mental Health First aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis.

Our Two Day Mental Health First Aid Course:

This course will provide training to the level of Mental Health First Aiders and will provide practical skills and awareness course designed to give you:

  • A deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect people’s wellbeing, including your own;
  • 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 appropriate support.

What Mental Health First Aid does:

Teaches proven techniques to assist the first aider to support someone in mental health distress;

Explains mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression through to more complex conditions such as psychosis and schizo-effective disorder.

What Mental Health First Aid is not:

  • A replacement for a fully funded mental health service;
  • A Counselling course;
  • Mental Health on the cheap;
  • Nor does it make you an expert on mental health

How will the course be taught:

  • Learning takes place through a mix of:
  • Group activities;
  • Presentations;
  • Discussions.

The sessions are interactive.


The course is delivered over two full days 9:30 – 4pm although timing of specific courses can vary depending on the venue.

Who teaches the course?

SCODP uses an external trainer for all our Mental Health First Aid Courses.

Our courses are delivered by a quality assured instructor who has attended the MHFA Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health and is trained to keep people safe and supported while they learn.

On completion:

On completion of the course participants will receive:

  • A handbook;
  • Certificate confirming the individual is a Mental Health First Aider

Current courses open for bookings:

We are currently taking bookings for our course on:

Date:        26th and 27th March

Venue:    Co-Op Education Centre, 11 Fore Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1JW (pedestrian access) and IP4 1JG (car park)

Time:      26th March 9am – 5pm  27th March 9 am – 1pm  Please note: this is a longer first day with a earlier finish on

day 2.

Cost:        The cost of the course is £300 per person, payable in advance.

Grants:    We have a small number of grants available for this course.  Grants are available to disabled people, carers and people whose work involves mainly working with disabled people.  If you require a grant to attend the course, please indicate on the booking form below and further information on grant funding will be sent to you.

To book on this course please complete the booking form: MHFA 2 day course  and return to


The MHFA certificate is valid for 3 years.  After that time, a refresher course will need to be taken.  Please contact SCODP if you need to attend a refresher course and we will do our best to fit you in before your certificate expires.

Comments by previous participants:

‘Well worth doing the mental health course, as you’ll learn things you weren’t aware of’. Anon.

 “The MHFA course was very informative, delivered clearly and professionally. It backed up my personal experiences and improved my existing skills from dealing with the mental health of myself and others“ DT

 “Enabled me to understand all the facets of mental health first aid and gave me greater confidence to be able to help if someone needs MHFA assistance ” SB