Illuminate are instructors of the adult two-day, one-day and half-day Mental Health First Aid courses, accredited by MHFA England.

The courses are internationally recognised and teach 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. Adult MHFA courses are for everyone aged 16 upwards. Capacity is 8 – 16 delegates per course. Each delegate receives a manual, workbook and certificate.

The Where’s your Head At? Campaign aims to change the law so that every workplace has a Mental Health First Aider by 2020. This was debated in the House of Commons on 17th January 2019. To show your support, you can still sign the petition here: Where’s Your Head At?

If you would like to know more about how we can assist your workplace in developing and implementing a wellbeing strategy then get in touch. Alternatively if you would like to attend a MHFA course – you can register your interest below.

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Mental Health First Aid courses

MHFA two-day course

Qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider

The delivery of this course is very flexible. It may be delivered over a number of sessions but is more effective if the two days are run in close succession. Sessions will be a mix of presentations, discussions and group work activities. Everyone who completes the course receives an MHFA manual to take away which is an excellent support resource.

Course outline

Each of the four manageable chunks focus on how to apply Mental Health First Aid skills:

  • Session 1

    Mental Health First Aid, mental health and stigma, and depression.

  • Session 2

    Depression (cont.) and suicidal crisis.

  • Session 3

    Anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and self-harm.

  • Session 4

    Psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and recovery.

Learning outcomes

  • 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

MHFA one-day course

Qualifies you as a Mental Health Champion

Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, the course is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan. Everyone who completes the course gets an MHFA manual to keep and refer to whenever they need it, and a certificate to say they are an MHFA Champion.

Please note – this course touches on mental ill health at work but does not provide work-specific tools and techniques for managers e.g. managing stress, absence, performance, return to work meetings, and implementing support. Our specialist mental wellbeing at work training would cover this practical guidance.

Learning outcomes

  • An understanding of common mental health issues
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
  • Ability to spot signs of mental ill health
  • Skills to support positive wellbeing
Mental Health First Aid courses
Mental Health First Aid courses

MHFA half-day course

Qualifies you as Mental Health Aware

Our half day course is an introductory four-hour session to raise awareness of mental health. It is designed to give you:

  • 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
  • Confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue

What to expect

Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.