Online Workplace Mental Health Aware Half-Day

The Online Workplace Mental Health Aware training is designed to raise awareness of mental health. It provides participants with an introductory understanding of what mental health is, some common mental health issues and how to look after their own mental health and maintain wellbeing.

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Course Context

In the course of a year, one in four people will experience a mental health problem. The Workplace Mental Health Aware half-day introductory session is designed to:

  • Provide an understanding of what mental health is and how stigma can be challenged
  • Give participants an introduction to looking after their own mental health and maintaining their wellbeing
  • Impart a basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
  • Raise participants’ confidence to support someone in mental and emotional distress

This new online version of the Workplace Mental Health Aware half-day course covers the same content as the ‘face-to-face’ course and has been piloted by MHFA England to ensure that it delivers the same key learning objectives. The online format provides organisations with an accessible and flexible training option where ‘face-to-face’ in-house training is not possible due to social distancing.

The course format is a blend of live sessions and self-learning activities. Delegates access an ‘online learning hub’ for both their individual learning activities and the live training sessions. Upon completion of the course, delegates receive an e-certificate of attendance.

Duration: 4 hours

Capacity: 15 delegates max

Availability: this course can be delivered online or as a 'face-to-face' in-house course, depending on social distancing requirements. Please click here for details of the 'face-to-face' in-house training course.

Who Is It For?

This course is suitable for anyone in the workplace who wants to improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing awareness.

Key Benefits

The Online Workplace Mental Health Aware course will teach participants to:

  • Gain a wider understanding, for themselves and others, of some issues surrounding mental health
  • Work more effectively with people living with mental health problems
  • Identify discrimination and stigma
  • Define mental health and wellbeing and some mental ill-health problems
  • Relate to peoples’ experiences
  • Help support people with mental health problems
  • Understand strategies to look after their own mental health and wellbeing

Course Content

  • What is mental health?
  • Mental Health Continuum
  • Factors which affect mental health
  • Stigma
  • Stress and stress management
  • Spotting signs of distress
  • Mental health conditions:
    • Depression
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Psychosis
    • Eating disorders
    • Suicide
    • Self-harm
  • Recovery
  • Take 10 Together – starting a supportive conversation
  • Supporting mental health in the workplace
  • Useful statistics
  • Helpful resources

The live training sessions will be a mix of presentations, film clips, case studies and group discussions. The training is accessed via the MHFA England Online Learning Hub which is safe and secure, GDPR-compliant, cloud-based and browser based (rather than App-based).

The live sessions, or ‘virtual classrooms’ are interactive and allow opportunities for group and private chat; breakout room activities; interactive whiteboard and sharing content. The many tools and features in the hub enable the Trainer to encourage participation from the delegates and the interactive exercises keep the group engaged. The Trainer will create a safe and inclusive learning environment for the delegates and will provide guidance, support and clear signposting.

Delegates will receive a manual for future reference, a workbook which includes a helpful toolkit to support their own mental health and an attendance certificate from MHFA England to say they are Mental Health Aware.

Workplace Mental Health First Aid course

Some organisations will encourage all employees to attend the Workplace Mental Health Aware half-day course, with some participants then going on to attend the Workplace MHFA 2-day, or 15-hour online course, which will qualify them as Mental Health First Aiders.

Click here for details of the Workplace MHFA 2-day course

Click here for details of the Workplace MHFA 15-hour online course

A testimonial for the Workplace Mental Health Aware Half-day Course


“After the success of the MHFA programme with our customer facing staff we are excited at the MHFA half-day option for our office staff, volunteers and tenants groups”

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Please get in touch with us if you have any questions.  We are always happy to talk about our courses and help you to work out the best match for your requirements.


"The quality of the training has been fantastic and our employees are really engaging with the trainer and getting something out of it. Also In Equilibrium makes the whole process very easy to arrange."

— Employee Engagement & Wellbeing Officer, Sophie Holland

"We wanted to provide a course that taught useful and practical coping strategies that our members could put into place straight away. In Equilibrium’s experience showed us that they could provide this, and they tailored the course perfectly."

— The Association of Electoral Administrators

"In-Equilibrium recently presented Mental Health Awareness to Managers in all of our area offices. The training was really well received and all of the trainers were praised for their in-depth knowledge and understanding."


— Roger Bullivant Limited

"The training was very well received by staff who now all intend to implement the session’s practical tips and techniques into their existing roles. A large proportion of the staff rated the facilitator and their delivery as excellent and their only recommendation was for a further and longer session!"

— Leeds City College

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