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These courses are being provided for free through funding from Public Health at Somerset County Council, as part of its implementation of the Somerset Mental Health and Wellbeing strategy. The market rate for these courses is £300 per person.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond. 

What will I learn on the MHFA?

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix


Please note we release new training dates each month so please check back for further availability. Dates will be released up to March 2023.

The course is aimed at frontline workers, typically from the following areas:


·     Statutory and voluntary sector workers in health, welfare or social justice

·     Adult education, leisure and community safety staff and volunteers

·     Emergency service workers

·     General Practice staff

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