Mental health first aid

In collaboration with Mental Health First Aid England, we are delighted to announce that there are courses available for fully funded Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) training. Accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, this online MHFA course qualifies learners to become registered Mental Health First Aiders.

Thames Valley and Wessex

Course information

MHFA helps to raise awareness of mental health and reduce stigma and discrimination in the hope that more people will come forward for help. During the course, there will be discussions and activities around different mental health conditions and how to provide practical and emotional support to someone experiencing poor mental health; how to assess and assist with any crisis, and how to best look after your own mental health.

This comprehensive online course is delivered over either four interactive sessions of approximately 4 hours each or two full day interactive sessions of full day with some self-directed learning in between. All sessions must be attended to qualify and receive your certificate.

Who can apply

Anyone working across Thames Valley and Wessex in Primary Care who has an interest in mental health, and has the agreement of their manager, are invited to apply. MHFA training is a great course to consider both as a developmental opportunity for established members of the team and as part of an induction package for new starters in Primary Care.

How to apply

Please be aware all planned Mental Health First Aid courses for 2023-24 are fully subscribed. If you would like to be added to a waitlist for courses please email

Please be aware that further courses are not guaranteed, and you may wish to seek alternative provision from MHFA England.

Conditions of booking

If for any reason you wish to cancel or change the date of your confirmed course, we ask you to provide 7 day’s notice. If you make changes within 3-7 days, there will be a 50% cancellation fee. If you make changes within 2 days, there will be a 100% cancellation fee.