Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Refresher

– Virtual or face to face
– Up to 25 participants per session
– Interactive
– Approx. 4 hours


Mental health should be treated equally to physical health, and just like Physical First Aid training, Mental Health First Aid training should be kept up to date. Can you remember what ALGEE stands for? How confident do you feel about identifying the warning signs of mental ill health? How up to date are you with the latest research? This course is for you if you want to ensure your knowledge is current, that you are following best practice and would like the opportunity to discuss the reality of your role.

Ideally, if you are a Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider®), or a Mental Health Champion, this interactive, fact packed, MHFA Refresher course should be taken every three years to ensure your awareness of mental health support is current, to refresh and update your knowledge of mental health and what influences it and to build confidence in the practical application the Mental Health First Aid action plan.

Key programme elements

Revisiting the basics:
Clarifying what mental health means; reflecting on how your views and understanding has changed, revisiting the mental health continuum, stigma and frame of reference and the importance of non judgement, including practical exercises.

Exploring the detail:
Remembering ALGEE, understanding and reflecting on key warning signs of mental illnesses including Depression, Anxiety and Psychosis. Also exploring suicide and how to support someone in crisis.

Examining the reality:
Utilising case studies to revisit and explore core aspects of the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan, including detailed consideration of the mental health continuum, and specific use of ALGEE.

Support and recovery:
Refreshing knowledge of sources of support, self help and self care, including exploration of the wellbeing and recovery tree, the reality of recovery and your experience of using MHFA in the real world.

Participants will have refreshed knowledge of:
• Mental health and what influences it.
• How to recognise the main signs of mental ill health.
• How to provide initial help.
• How to guide the person towards appropriate professional help.
• How to be mindful of their own wellbeing.