Mental Health Awareness and First Aid

A first step for many organisations towards more open Mental Health conversations, is Mental Health Awareness and / or First Aid training.  There is consistent evidence that MHFA training raises employees’ awareness of mental ill health conditions (HSE report), and providing access to MHFA can signal the organisation’s commitment to reducing the stigma of mental ill-health.  In Partnership with the Carole Spiers Group we offer

Mental Health Awareness Training

This 4 hour programme can be delivered face-to-face or remotely.  It’s designed for anyone who wants to build their knowledge about mental health, and confidently challenge stigma and support someone.

Mental Health First Aid Training

This 2-day programme is designed to qualify delegates as Mental Health First Aiders, gaining the skills to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health issues, have a non-judgemental conversation, and effectively guide a person towards support.

Key programme learnings

  • An understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma
  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing

 First Aid

MHFA Supervision

As we adjust to and recover from Covid-19, Mental Health First Aiders will need to be more proactive, and proficient in listening attentively on the phone or video call to anxious and concerned employees.  For many MHFAers, remote working has changed their role. Our concern is to ensure that every organisation demonstrates its duty of care to their MHFAers by providing sufficient online support and ongoing training.  

There’s no ‘one size fits all’ - the most important objective is the safety and health of all who work within your organisation.

A Mental Health First Aider may have to deal with bereavement, anxiety, ill health, para-suicide, trauma or other emergency.  To demonstrate the organisation’s duty of care, it is vital that remote and confidential supervisory support is always available


Supervision topics could include

  • Ensuring that boundaries are being met
  • Transference / counter transference issues
  • Ethical concerns
  • Vicarious traumatisation (following an accident, para suicide, suicide)

MHFA Refresher Training

This training ensures that Mental Health First Aiders maintain and improve the knowledge and skills they need to deliver a professional service to the employees they support. It ensures that their knowledge stays relevant and up to date, and that they’re aware of the changing trends in mental health provision.

Modules include attentive listening, anxiety, bereavement, working in isolation, being resilient, job insecurity, work-life balance, diversity, work-related stress, crisis and trauma, managing change…. Regular refresher training covers any learning experience that can be used for maintenance, improvement and broadening of competence, knowledge and skills to ensure that the Mental Health First Aider has the capacity to practise safely and effectively.


For more information, or to discuss your training needs please Get in Touch