Mental Health First Aid Refresher Training

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A short refresher training course to help Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAiders®) maintain their skills and gain fresh confidence to perform their role safely and effectively.

MHFA England Instructor member

Course Context

Like physical first aiders, mental health first aiders need to periodically refresh their skills.  Mental Health First Aid England recommends that MHFAiders® undertake refresher training every 3 years.  This helps ensure their skills and knowledge are updated so they can provide their crucial role confidently and safely.

Refreshing the skills of MHFAiders® also illustrates your organisation’s commitment to treating mental health and physical health equally.

  • Course Duration: 4 hours
  • Course Capacity: Numbers are limited to 20 people per course so that the trainer can keep learners safe and supported.
  • Availability: this course can be delivered face-to-face or as a virtual, live, interactive session.

This course is facilitated by an accredited MHFA England Trainer, with a wealth of experience, who will create a safe and inclusive environment for the learners to discuss sensitive issues with support and understanding.

Who Is It For?

This course is for those who have completed the 2-day Mental Health First Aid (MHFAider®) course.

Key Benefits

This 4-hour course gives MHFAiders® the opportunity to:

  • Renew their skills
  • Update their knowledge of the mental health support currently available
  • Practise applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • Access three years of MHFAider® Support and Benefits

Upon completion of the course, learners will have refreshed their knowledge of:

  • Mental health and what influences it
  • Recognising the main signs of mental ill-health
  • Providing initial help
  • Guiding someone towards appropriate professional help
  • How to be mindful of your own wellbeing

Course Format

Learning on the MHFA Refresher training course will take place through a mixture of presentations, videos, group discussions and activities including case studies. The Trainer will provide guidance, support and clear signposting.

Course Content

  • Discussion about mental health
  • Stress and factors which affect mental health
  • Mental health continuum and stigma
  • Frame of reference and non-judgement
  • Practising a supportive conversation using ALGEE
  • Warning signs of mental ill health
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Suicide and first aid for suicidal crisis
  • Psychosis and first aid for severe psychotic episodes


  • More mental health conditions
  • Practising MHFA skills
  • Self-care, wellbeing and recovery
  • Accessing useful resources

Learners will receive a workbook, access to the updated MHFA digital manual, along with access to three years of MHFAider® support and benefits.  Certificates will be awarded upon completion of the course.


Testimonials following the Mental Health First Aid Refresher training course:


"The Trainer was very engaging and it was great to be able to clarify the skills
we have learnt and know that we are supporting our people."

"Was great going through some of the basics of some of the illnesses and how to ask about them. I know that I used my skills since the original course but good to be able to ask questions and get an honest response from our amazing Trainer."

"You can tell how passionate the Trainer is, which is infectious, so even those who want to hide at the back want to join in. Some really useful new websites available too, which is good because so much has moved on since our original course. Thanks to all involved."

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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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