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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognize those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.

Developed in Australia in 2000 and now internationally recognised in 23 countries, the MHFA course teaches people how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues provide help on a first aid basis and effectively guide someone towards the right support services.

This work was identified as a priority for our Community Engagement Team as much can be gained from a ‘community asset’ approach, particularly in working with community and voluntary sector organisations, including faith-based organisations, to equip people with knowledge and skills to understand and manage their own mental health and that of those close to them. This is especially important within BME communities, since there are considerable inequalities for these groups in accessing information, support and services.


We currently provide MHFA Training for group bookings only. Details of the courses we currently provide can be found below:

MHFA Standard Adult Training Course – (Two Day)

  • Two day course – 9.30am – 4.30pm on both days**

  • Minimum of 12 and maximum of 16 delegates per training course

  • Discounted group bookings available

  • Accreditation as Mental Health First Aider

  • Delegates manual, workbook, and e-certificate costs included

Mental Health Awareness (Half Day)

  • 4 Hour (Half Day) Course

  • Minimum 12 and maximum of 25 delegates per training course

  • Certificate of Attendance

To book a MHFA Course for your group simply complete the registration form below and return to bsmhft.communityengagement@nhs.net or call us on 0121 301 1067.  

MHFA Training