Mental Health Aware Half-Day (MHFA)

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The Mental Health Aware half-day 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.

MHFA England Instructor member

Course Context

In the course of a year, one in four people will experience a mental health problem. The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England Mental Health Aware half-day course 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

Who Is It For?

This Mental Health Aware 4-hour course is suitable for anyone in the workplace who wants to improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing awareness.

Key Benefits

The Mental Health Aware half-day 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
  • Spot the signs of distress and help support people with mental health problems
  • Understand strategies to look after their own mental health and wellbeing

Course Content

The training session will be a mix of presentations, group discussion and workshop activities. If delivered as a virtual course, the live session is interactive and allows opportunities for group and private chat, breakout room activities and sharing content. The instructor provides a very safe learning environment and is trained to support participants throughout the whole course.

  • 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

Participants receive a workbook and manual which include a helpful toolkit to support their own mental health.

Upon completion of the course, they receive an attendance certificate from MHFA England to say they are Mental Health Aware.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) 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 Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course, which will qualify them as Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAider®).

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Participants' comments following the Mental Health Aware Half-day Course

"I have already recommended this course, within minutes of completing it! It has really opened my eyes, and mind up to the mental health wellbeing issues. Thank you.  A really informative course, and well balanced on understanding yourself as well as others, learning to have empathy, and how to approach a subject without being intrusive to a person or their mental state."

“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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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course

Enlightened employers are now highlighting first aiders for both physical and mental health in the same way. This course is for individuals who would like to become an MHFAider® to gain the knowledge and skills to spot signs of people experiencing poor mental health, be confident to start a conversation and signpost a person to appropriate support.

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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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