Adult Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) has been developed by MHFA England, whose mission is to increase mental health awareness literacy and reduce the stigma associated with mental ill health. MHFA England has allowed Becky Wright, New Leaf’s founder, to deliver Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England courses

Information about MHFA England and its courses can be found at


MHFA Two Day Course

Mental Health First Aid is a two day educational course that teaches participants how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. It provides people with the skills and confidence to recognise common signs and symptoms and effectively guide a person towards the right support.

Our next course is the 17th and 18th January 2024 in Bridgwater 

In the same way as we learn physical first aid in the workplace, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health at work and gives you the skills to take appropriate action … you will become a Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider®)

What will you learn

The course is structured as four sessions for both online and face- to-face delivery. These can either be delivered over two or four days.

We encourage delivery of all four within a two-week periodTrain as a Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider®) and receive three years of certification, plus access to ongoing benefits.

This course is ideal 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.​

In addition to the course, you will become part of the largest MHFAider® community in England, gaining access to resources, ongoing learning and 24/7 digital support through our MHFAider Support App®, to give you the tools and knowledge you need to carry out the role effectively and confidently, whether that be in your workplace, a volunteer role, or in the community.

  • Online or face-to-face course structured across four flexible sessions. Each session is a maximum of 3hrs 45mins and sessions can be delivered within a two week period.
  • Learners will be trained over four live sessions with an MHFA England Instructor Member, covering 14 hours of content in total.​
  • Learning takes place through a mix of instructor led training, group discussions, individual and group activities.
  • Each session builds on the previous, enabling the learner to gain confidence in supporting others with a Mental Health First Aid action plan.
  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that instructors can keep people safe and supported while they learn.
  • We strive for all of our learning content to be as accessible and inclusive as possible.

How will attending an MHFA course help?

Research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA course:

  • Recognise those that maybe experiencing poor mental health and provide them with first-level support and early intervention
  • Encourage a person to identify and access sources of professional help and other supports
  • Practise active listening and empathy
  • You will be able to have a conversation with improved mental health literacy around language and stigma
  • Discuss the role in depth, including boundaries and confidentiality
  • Practise self-care
  • Know how to use the MHFAider Support App
  • Know how to access a dedicated text service provided by Shout and ongoing learning opportunities with MHFA England

Due to sensitive subjects within this course, including suicide, we limit numbers to a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 16 people. We want everyone to feel safe and Becky will help if some people find certain areas particularly difficult. Becky stands out from other Mental Health Trainers due to her 25 years of clinical experience of mental health as a Psychotherapist.

You will receive a online comprehensive manual that and will gain an attendance certificate from MHFA England to show you are now a Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider®

This is an intensive two day course and suitable for those aged 16 years and over.

Become a Mental Health First Aider

Takeaways – Everyone who completes this course gets:

A hard copy workbook to support their learning throughout the course

A digital manual to refer to whenever they need it​ after completing the course

A wallet-sized reference card with the Mental Health First Aid action plan​

A digital MHFAider® certificate

Access to the MHFAider Support App® for three years

Access to ongoing learning opportunities, resources and exclusive events ​

The opportunity to be part of the largest MHFAider® community in England


Book yourself on one of the following 2 day MHFA Training courses,
or get in touch to organise in-house workplace training contact [email protected] 

Some statistics in UK mental health in the workplace

Nearly half of all employees (48%) had no wellbeing check-in from their employer in the past year, finds new research among 2,000 workers. The data released by Mental Health First Aid England to mark My Whole Self Day, 18 March 2022, reveals that double the number of employees report that their workplace has failed to check-in on their wellbeing over the past year (48% up from 25% in 2021).

The last 12 months of the pandemic has seen increased reports of mental ill health yet only 27% report receiving a wellbeing check-in from their employer monthly or more. This is less than half the number of workers who reported they had a wellbeing checkin, at least once a month, last year (60%).

Adult Mental Health First Aid Training

For many years New Leaf has delivered mental health training to South West businesses, helping employers and their staff feel more confident with mental health issues. MHFA training (above) now supersede all previous courses.

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Increase mental health awareness literacy

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Reduce stigma associated with mental ill health

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Recognise common signs and symptoms

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Guide people towards the right support

With poor mental health now being the number one reason for staff absence in the UK, it’s no great surprise that a national, more formal approach to addressing this huge problem has been introduced. Long-term, the presence of a mental health first aider in every workplace will become a necessary requirement for all businesses and organisations. Individuals from within the business will be trained and equipped in much the same way as is currently done with physical health first aiders. We have little doubt that the benefits businesses will experience as a result of increased staff wellbeing will far out weigh any costs associated with the training of mental health first aiders.

We have many testimonials here is one from the HR Team Manager Liz Woods at Nagel-Group | Nagel Langdons Ltd

“Having worked with Becky over the last 2 years as part of our Mindful Employer membership and her company providing counselling services to our staff following traumatic incidents, she was the natural choice to deliver our Mental Health Awareness training programme.  Becky has always been flexible and responsive to our requirements and seeks to fully understand the challenges of our industry to ensure the training is topical and engaging for our audience.  It is obviously a new and very challenging area for many of our staff, who have historically not been encouraged to open up about their feelings and to look after their emotional and mental wellbeing.  We seek to be an employer of choice by fully supporting our staff in their roles and Becky has received such positive feedback from our delegates who have been able to attend her training sessions which has been so positive to hear.

We are committed to building on what we have done so far and by strong partnership working with Becky, we have full confidence that we will be able to promote the right culture in which our people feel able to ask for help and take the right course of action even when they are struggling.”

For more information or to discuss your particular requirement call or text New Leaf today on 07590 684888 or email Becky Wright directly on [email protected]

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