• Welcome to MHFA

    MHFA - making mental health first aid the norm

    MHFA England's social objective is to increase the mental health literacy of the whole population, our aim being to train one in ten of every adult in England, thus increasing confidence, addressing stigma and improving the chances of early intervention.

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  • The MHFA Touth Course

    1 in 10 young people experience emotional and mental health problems

    Youth MHFA is an internationally recognised training programme designed specifically for those people that teach, work, live with or care for young people aged 11 - 18.

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  • Taking care of those that give the most

    What price sacrifice?

    The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for the Armed Forces Community project is designed to provide the basis for increased mental health resilience amongst veterans and the families of both veterans and serving personnel throughout the UK

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How does MHFA make a difference in the community

There is widespread ignorance of mental ill health in the general population and there is the associated stigma too. For some the stigma can lead to delays in people seeking help and support. Those that have ben helped speak here:

MHFA England CIC

Why Mental Health?

MHFA England was developed and launched in 2006 in England by the Department of Health. In September 2009 we became registered as a Community Interest Company (registration no. 7021392).  Our Company is limited by guarantee (ie has no shareholders), and is at the heart of a network growing across England.  We are also part of an expanding international movement around the world, currently involving 16 countries.

Lord Kamlesh Patel

Shadow Minister for Communities in the House of Lords / MHFA

“Mental Health is everyone’s responsibility, something MHFA England strongly believes in. They create positive change in people by focusing on individuals’ capacity, ability, skills, knowledge, passion, interest, connections and on their potential to do things and make a difference for themselves. I believe that organisations such as MHFA England are a vital community resource and are leading the way in community engagement and creating networks that enable individuals, families and neighbourhoods to all play a crucial role to change people’s lives for the better.”

Find your course instructor

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The search results will give you a list of instructors. By clicking on their profile you can see any courses they are running and / or contact them about running a course.

Recommended prices for the courses are £175- £275 outside London / £200 – £300 inside London per person for the whole course. This includes a manual and certificate of attendance.

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Reasons To Choose MHFA

Mental health problems can affect people at any time of life in different ways. They affect not only individuals and their families, but friends, work colleagues and employers too. Many people suffer a mental illness for a long time before they seek help. Participants on MHFA courses come from a wide range of backgrounds, from family members wanting to gain more understanding of what a relative is going through, to employers, and to people who are likely to come into contact with those at risk of mental health problems, such as police, ambulance staff or community workers.
  • Spot the early signs of a mental health problem

    Participants on MHFA courses come from a wide range of backgrounds, from family members wanting to gain more understanding of what a relative is going through, to employers, and to people who are likely to come into contact with those at risk of mental health problems, such as police, ambulance staff or community workers.

  • Feel confident helping someone experiencing a problem

    With both courses delivery is very flexible and may be delivered over two full days or spread out over a number of sessions. Maximum number of participants on the course is 16.

  • Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others

    If you are interested in finding out about MHFA courses delivered in your area by our trained instructors please click here

  • Guide someone towards the right support

    Recommended prices for the courses are £175- £275 outside London / £200 - £300 inside London per person for the whole course. This includes a manual and certificate of attendance. (If you chose to obtain the Open College Network credits for the couse there may be an additional charge)

MFHA Videos and literature

A complete resource for trainers and participants

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Meet The Team

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Caroline Hounsell

Caroline Hounsell first joined Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in England in 2006. She owns her own company called Phoenix Philosophy where she offers psychotherapy, lifestyle management support, bespoke course design and training. Caroline studied art and drama, and then went onto study graphic design. She then decided to do something more people orientated and eventually studied a post graduate degree in Careers Guidance and Counselling at Reading University.

Gerard Rosenburg

Gerard Rosenberg joined Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in England in 2007, and is at the forefront of introducing these courses throughout England. He is the CEO of Daybreak Training, and has been running his own media production company for over 10 years, focusing on mental health issues both in the community and in prisons. He has been a member of the Adult MHFA National Training Team since 2007.

Leslie Bailey

Lesley Bailey has been part of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) National Training Team for 2 years, she is continuing her role as National coordinator for the East of England with a developed instructor network meeting regularly to share delivery experiences, provide up to date information and for the instructors to develop themselves personally.

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan first joined Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in England in 2006, and is one of the founder members of the MHFA National Training Team in England. He works part time as MHFA England Business Development Director. Chris has a background in management, and has 25 years experience working with a family- owned engineering company as the managing director. Following the closure of the firm and a period of personal experience of severe depression, he started work in the voluntary sector, particularly with two local MIND associations.