MHFA Refresher


This four hour refresher course helps the various Mental Health First Aiders (Adult, Young People, Higher Education, and Armed Forces) and MHFA Champions to maintain their skills.

This course is only offered by MHFA England.

What Will I Learn?

This refresher course helps individuals by:

  • Renewing their skills;
  • Updating their knowledge of mental health supports; and
  • Giving them the chance to practice applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan.

Enabling Mental Health First Aiders and MHFA Champions to refresh their skills, the same way as physical first aiders do, is a great way to demonstrate an organisation’s commitment to treating mental health and physical health equally.

Investing in the course will give the individual/organisation the confidence that their Mental Health First Aiders and MHFA Champions are performing their role safely and effectively.

Course Format

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

How Often Should MHFA Skills be Refreshed?

MHFA England recommends that Mental Health First Aiders and MHFA Champions attend a Refresher course every three years.

Just like physical first aid, updating skills and knowledge allows individuals to perform this vital role confidently and safely.

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.

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