Armed Forces Mental Health First Aid Training

Armed Forces Mental Health First Aid Training

Wednesday 9th September 2015 - Thursday 10th September 2015, 09:00-17:00


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training for the Armed Forces Community is a specially designed project. It provides the basis for increased mental health resilience amongst veterans and the families of both veterans and serving personnel throughout the UK.

What will I learn?

Our MHFA Armed Forces Community course is split up into 4 manageable chunks. These are:

  • What is mental health, and why MHFA for armed forces community?
  • Suicide and depression
  • Psychosis
  • Anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder

In each section you will learn how to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health problem
  • Feel confident helping someone experiencing a mental health problem
  • Provide help on a first aid basis
  • Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
  • Help stop a mental illness from getting worse
  • Help someone recover faster
  • Guide someone towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems

These topics have been specifically tailored to the armed forces community and their culture.

How will I learn?

The MHFA for the Armed Forces Community course takes place over 2 full days. The sessions will be a mix of presentation, group discussions and group work activities. Our instructors provide a very safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in certain bits, then don’t, we won’t make you do something you aren’t comfortable with.

Due to some of the sensitive subjects of our courses, including suicide, we limit numbers to 16 people. We want everyone to feel safe and our instructors can help if people find some bits particularly difficult.

You’ll receive a MHFA Armed Forces Community manual that you can take away with you at the end of the course and also an attendance certificate from MHFA England to say you are now Armed Forces Community Mental Health First Aider.

Who can attend the course?

Places on the MHFA for the Armed Forces Community courses are only open to specific groups of people. Places are restricted to members of the following target groups:

  • Veterans
  • Serving personnel
  • Family member of Serving or ex-Service personnel
  • Health and Social Care working with the Armed Forces Community
  • Charitable organisation working with the Armed Forces Community

 How do I book on a course?

Places are £50 per person. Please email or phone 01603 432457 to book your place.