MHFA England

Mental Health First Aid's Instructor Training Programme

Mental Health First Aid's (MHFA) course was established to provide the non-expert with knowledge of the signs and symptoms of a range of mental health issues

Training programme details

While most people are aware of common physical health problems, there is often a lack of understanding about mental health issues. This leads to stigma and prejudice, discouraging those affected from seeking help. The MHFA course was established to provide people with knowledge of the signs and symptoms of a range of mental health issues and the confidence to intervene and guide a person to sources of professional support. Such early intervention can reduce distress, help to preserve life and empower a person experiencing mental ill health to access support for recovery.

MHFA courses are suitable for a range of different community settings, business and service sectors – from commercial companies to services such as the police and prison services. Trainees are given more confidence to support their work colleagues, friends and families, members of the public and service users.

The seven day MHFA Instructor Training programme is usually spread out over six weeks and includes a year of mentor support. Once qualified, people can go on to deliver MHFA courses as part of an independent training business, in their spare time, or within their workplace. More information can be found on the MHFA website.



MHFA instructors have delivered their courses to over

206,000 people

to date

Over two million

people have been trained globally in MHFA skills

MHFA training courses have evolved globally, with licensed programmes in

24 countries

and counting

How and why RSPH accredited the training programme

Excellent training for MHFA instructors is essential to the success of this much needed work and RSPH has accredited the  MHFA Instructor Training programmes for both the Adult and Youth MHFA courses. This involved an assessment of all aspects of the programmes, from training strategy, objectives and content to an observation of training delivery.

RSPH accreditation has confirmed that the programmes achieve their objective of providing a thorough grounding in the content and delivery of the MHFA courses. Particularly impressive is the individual gap analysis which takes place to bring all instructors up to the same high standard. Also commendable is the assessment of the instructor’s competency and the ongoing mentoring they receive.