MHFA England Courses

MHFA England courses

Become a Mental Health First Aider

Mental Health First Aiders®

Empowerment Through Education: The Comprehensive MHFAider® Support and Training

At Mindcare Training, we’re proud to collaborate with MHFA England to offer an unparalleled Mental Health First Aider course. Our commitment extends beyond the initial certification, providing MHFAiders® with continuous support for three years, ensuring they remain confident, empowered, and motivated.

Why Choose Our MHFAider® Course?

  • Interactive Learning: Engage in 4 x 4-hour sessions, filled with quizzes, breakouts, and real-life stories, delivered online or face-to-face by myself, Louise Larkum, a seasoned MHFA England Instructor and Education Professional.
  • Continuous Support: Gain 24/7 access to the MHFAider Support App®, featuring a resource library, signposting database, secure journaling, text support services and reminders for wellbeing check-ins with .
  • Community Connection: Join England’s largest community of trained MHFAiders®, with exclusive quarterly webinars and debriefs to deepen your mental health knowledge.

Your MHFAider® Journey Includes:

  • A hardcopy workbook and a digital MHFA manual.
  • The MHFAider Support App® for round-the-clock digital assistance.
  • Exclusive content, online events, and an MHFAider® lanyard with an ALGEE action card.
  • The benefit of joining England’s largest community of trained MHFAiders® 

By refreshing your MHFA skills every three years, you’ll keep well-versed of the latest mental health support practices, update your knowledge, and practice applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan. The refresher course is not just an update—it’s an enhancement of your ability to make a real difference.

Louise Larkum will be your trainer: she is an education professional and MHFA instructor and is highly credited for her online MHFA course facilitation.

The Refresher course

Stay Current, Stay Confident: The Essential MHFA Refresher Course

Just as we regularly update our physical first aid skills, it’s crucial to refresh our mental health first aid knowledge to ensure we’re providing the best support possible. Our MHFA Refresher course is designed to empower Mental Health First Aiders and MHFA Champions to maintain and renew their skills every three years, mirroring the commitment we have to physical health.

This four-hour session is a blend of presentations, discussions, and activities, available both online and face-to-face, to suit your needs. By investing in this course, you’re not only updating your knowledge of mental health supports but also practicing the application of the Mental Health First Aid action plan.

Participants will have access to the full MHFAider learner bundle, including:

  • A hardcopy workbook
  • A digital MHFA manual
  • The MHFAider® Support App
  • Exclusive content and online events
  • An MHFAider® lanyard and ALGEE action card

The course ensures that your MHFAiders® are motivated, empowered, and confident in their roles, providing peace of mind that they can perform their duties effectively. Refreshing their skills is a testament to your organization’s dedication to treating mental health on par with physical health.

Join us to keep your mental health support awareness current and practice the essential skills that make a difference in our communities.

Course Format:

  • This is a half day course delivered either face-to-face or online
  • Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities
  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that your instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn

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

Enhancing Well-being: The MHFA Awareness Course for Mental Health Literacy

Our Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Awareness Course is a transformative half-day session designed to elevate your understanding of mental health and equip you with the confidence to support those in need. Whether you choose an online or face-to-face format, this course offers a dynamic learning experience through presentations, group discussions, and workshop activities.

What You’ll Learn:

  • The fundamentals of mental health and strategies to challenge stigma.
  • Essential knowledge of common mental health issues.
  • Techniques for nurturing your own mental health and maintaining well-being.
  • Skills to confidently assist someone who may be distressed or facing mental health challenges.

Course Format:

  • A concise, half-day course available both online and in person.
  • Interactive and supportive learning environment, capped at 25 participants to ensure personalized attention.

Your Takeaways:

  • An official certificate declaring your Mental Health Awareness.
  • A comprehensive manual for ongoing reference.
  • A practical workbook with tools to support your mental health journey.

Join us and become a part of a community committed to mental health literacy and support. Empower yourself with the knowledge and skills to make a meaningful difference in your life and the lives of others.


“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

Become an Advocate for Well-being: Qualify as an MHFA Champion in Just One Day

Embark on a journey to become an MHFA Champion with our comprehensive one-day course. This training is meticulously designed to provide you with a deep understanding of common mental health issues, bolster your confidence in advocating for mental health awareness, and enhance your ability to identify signs of mental distress.

Course Highlights:

  • Expert-Led Training: Delivered face-to-face or via online video conferencing for a personalized learning experience.
  • Interactive Format: A mix of presentations, group discussions, and workshop activities to facilitate a thorough understanding of the material.
  • Exclusive Group Size: Limited to 16 participants to ensure a safe and supportive environment.

What You Will Gain:

  • Certification: A certificate of attendance affirming your status as an MHFA Champion.
  • Resources: A manual for reference, a quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan, and a workbook with tools to support your mental health.
  • Ongoing Support: Access to a network of MHFA Champions and continuous learning opportunities.

By completing this course, you’ll join the ranks of those equipped with the skills to support positive well-being and become a beacon of hope in promoting mental health literacy.


“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.