Online Mental Health First Aid

MHFA England Online Mental Health First Aid Course

The Online Mental Health First Aid course is a practical skills and awareness course designed to equip you with the skills and confidence to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues, and provide support and signposting to self-help or professional services. This new new online version delivers the same evidence-based learning outcomes as the popular ‘face-to-face’ Adult MHFA Two Day course in an accessible and flexible online format. The course is structured around a blend of individual learning and live sessions. These are all conducted online via our new Online Learning Hub. Learners who complete the course will be certified by MHFA England as Mental Health First Aiders and will receive an e-certificate on completion of the course.

This course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider, giving you:
  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing

  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of a range of mental health issues

  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress using the Mental Health First Aid action plan

  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening

  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support - whether through self-help resources, internal support such as EAP, or external sources such as their GP

  • An understanding of how to keep yourself safe while performing MHFA actions

Course structure

For the best learner experience, MHFA England recommends that this course is delivered over a two-week period, with at least one full day between live sessions. This will allow you to complete the individual learning ahead of each session. On average it takes around 15hrs to complete the course, which is structured in the following way:

  • Individual learning – 1h

  • Live session one      – 2h 30m

  • Individual learning – 2h

  • Live session two      – 2h 30m

  • Individual learning – 2h

  • Live session three  – 2h 30m

  • Individual learning – 2h

  • Live session four     – 2h 30m


Every live session includes a 10min break.

New MHFA England Online Learning Hub

The new MHFA England Online Learning Hub is an integrated learning platform that provides a one-stop "hub" for learners. From one login, learners can access, interact with, and complete their learning modules for both their individual learning and instructor-led live sessions. 


Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A certificate of attendance to say they are a Mental Health First Aider

  • A manual to refer to whenever they need it

  • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan

  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support their own mental health

MHFA England value this course at £300 per person

Please review the following document to make sure you will be able to access the Online Learning Hub:

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