MHFA England Courses

MHFA England courses

Become a Mental Health First Aider

Mental Health First Aiders®
Mindcare training is delighted to offer the new Mental Health First Aider course with MHFAEngland. Your course package is second to none and will support you throughout your three-year accreditation.About the MHFAider course:
  • MHFAiders® will gain the knowledge and skills to spot the signs of a person experiencing poor mental health, the confidence to start a conversation and a wealth of tools to signpost to appropriate support.
  • When the training ends, a comprehensive package of support will be given to our MHFAiders throughout their 3 years certification – so people are confident, empowered, and motivated to carry out the role.
  • MHFAiders® will receive automatic 24/7 digital support through the MHFAiders Support App®. In the app you will find exclusive resources, ongoing learning opportunities and the benefit of joining England’s largest community of trained MHFAiders®
  • Mindcare Training also offer quarterly debriefs to allow you to discuss your role in a supportive space.
How the course will be delivered:
  • Your course will be run online or face-to-face with myself, Louise Larkum (MHFAEngland Instructor and Education professional).
  • The course consists of 4 x 4-hour sessions online broken up over 4 days or two full days in person.
  • The sessions will be interactive, with quizzes, breakouts, and films with lived experience.
Costs and takeaways:MHFAiders® will receive a learner bundle, which includes:
  • A hardcopy workbook
  • A digital MHFA manual
  • Access to the MHFAider® support package for three years, including:
  • The MHFAider Support App®
  • Exclusive content and online events
  • An MHFAider® lanyard and ALGEE action card
Louise Larkum will be your trainer: she is an education professional and MHFAinstructor and is highly credited for her online MHFA course facilitation.
The Refresher course

We believe that mental health should be treated equally to physical health. And just like physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid training should be kept up to date.  If you are a Mental Health First Aider or a MHFA Champion, take the MHFA Refresher course every three years to:

  • Keep your awareness of mental health support current
  • Update your knowledge of mental health and what influences it
  • Practice applying the Mental Health Frist Aid action plan.
  • Have access to the full MHFAider learner bundle which includes:
    • A hardcopy workbook
    • A digital MHFA manual
    • Access to the MHFAider® support package for three years, including:
      • The MHFAider Support App®
      • Exclusive content and online events
      • An MHFAider® lanyard and ALGEE action card’

This course is a 4 hour session with a mix of presentations, discussions and activities.

Louise is a skilled facilitator.  Previous Refresher course delegates have said:

‘Louise has all the qualities of a great trainer. She was professional, personable, likeable, made you feel at ease, secure and able to ask and share anything for clarification. Her delivery was well paced especially with so much content to cover in a relatively short time. I would recommend her and the course without hesitation. The variety and experience within the class added to the whole experience. Thank you! ‘

The Mental Health Aware course

This course raises awareness of mental health. It covers:

  • What mental health is and how to challenge stigma.
  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues.
  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing.
  • Confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue.


  • This is a half day course delivered either face to face or via online video conferencing.
  • Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities.

“I have learned so much. Louise is very personable and very thorough in her knowledge. Would recommend this course as an introduction to mental health awareness.”

The Mental Health Champion

This one-day course qualifies you as an MHFA Champion, giving you:

  • An understanding of common mental health issues
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness.
  • Ability to spot signs of mental ill health.
  • Skills to support positive wellbeing.


  • This is a one-day course delivered either face to face or via online video conferencing
  • Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. 

“Louise Larkum was phenomenal! She was not only knowledgeable, but she was able to deliver the training in a respectable, friendly, and open hearted manner. She encouraged us to express our thoughts and reflect on our accounts. This helped to strengthen our learning and put knowledge into application. Louise is so friendly and with her smiles, she put the group engagement at ease! I would highly recommend this course not only for pharmacists but to other members of staff, and for general public. The empowerment and awareness will bring about new perspectives and self help. Thank you Louise – Yvonne”

Debriefs: MHFAider bolt on for in-house training.

Have you ever completed an amazing course, walked out euphoric and so excited to implement it all? Only to find, a month later, you can’t remember half the content let alone have put it into action.

We’re so passionate about the content of the MHFAider course that with MHFA England’s Mental Health First Aid training we offer FREE quarterly debriefs for the first year after training.

These valuable sessions review the MHFAider material, discuss good practice and difficult scenarios; allow group support and reflection. New links and updated information are also offered as part of the session.

Mindcare Training offers this as a way of consolidating learning and keeping the course content as an active set of skills – not a tick box exercise.

“After completing the MHFA course with Lou earlier this year, I have really welcomed the follow up debrief sessions.  I find these a time to catch up with fellow mental health first aiders and a chance for brainstorming and reflection.  Lou hosts these meetings superbly and brings in her expertise to give us guidance, support and new skills.  I find them invaluable!”

Mandy Health – Bournemouth and District Law Society Manager

Do get in touch if this interests you.

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Open Courses

Below are open courses with places available for booking.  For in-house courses or company advice please contact us.

Christine Lewis (MCIPD)
Christine Lewis (MCIPD)Organisation Development Specialist | Certified Coach | Integrative Health Practitioner & Wellbeing Coach
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As a HR professional and Integrative Health Practitioner, I attended this course to gain deeper knowledge and expertise in how to support mental health & wellbeing. The course has been a hugely positive, empowering and insightful learning journey facilitated by a highly skilled, empathetic and emotionally intelligent facilitator. Louise conveys the subject matter in an engaging, relevant and sensitive way drawing experiences and insights from her own experience and the group to bring the learning alive. I really valued how Louise was able to hold space for the group members during discussions around emotive areas including supporting suicidal crisis and psychosis. I highly recommend MHFA training with Louise.
Victoria Seller
Victoria SellerTalent and Capability Lead - IT Architecture Practice @ HSBC | Enterprise Architect | Solution | Diversity and Inclusion
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I was privileged to have Louise as my trainer on the Mental Health England First Aider course. I cannot recommend Louise enough as a trainer. She is has extensive knowledge of mental health and is empathetic and sensitive in her teaching of a difficult subject matter whilst also taking into account and supporting the impact of this topic on her trainees. A fantastic learning experience.
Maura Yates
Maura YatesResidential Support Worker at Juventas Services Ltd
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Louise is a great trainer and communicator. I have just completed MHFA training with her and feel that the skills and advice given will assist me in supporting someone better in a crisis, but has assisted me in being a better manager and more thoughtful human being.