Mental Health Aware


This introductory four hour session raises awareness of mental health.

This course is only offered by MHFA England.

What Will I Learn?

This awareness and skills course provides individuals with:

  • An understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma.
  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues.
  • An introduction to looking after their own mental health and maintaining well-being.
  • Confidence to offer support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

Course Format

  • Half-day face-to-face course.
  • Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities.
  • Limited to 25 people per course.

Course Content

  • 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; and
    • Self-harm.
  • Recovery.
  • Take 10 Together – starting a supportive conversation.
  • Supporting mental health in the workplace.
  • Useful statistics.
  • Helpful resources.

What Does the Course Not Do?

The course does not train people to be mental health workers.

It offers basic general information about mental health problems.

The knowledge presented and understanding developed in the course helps to remove stigma and fear and to give confidence in approaching a person in distress.

MHFA is an initial response to distress and all participants on the course understand that this help is given only until other suitable or professional help can be found.


You will get a certificate of attendance.

Other Goodies

  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it.
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support own mental health.

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