Workplace Mental Health First Aider Training

Mental health in the workplace is an increasingly important issue for trade unions. There is much stigma and discrimination around mental health and particularly mental ill health. These are issues of justice, equality and fairness - core trade union business.

Coronavirus update - our delivery of Mental Health First Aider courses is currently on hold. Unions can still contact unionlearn for information or to express an interest using the email address below.

Mental Health at Work (curated by Mind) have a wepage which collects together resources from different organisations around mental health at this time.

Course overview

Please note that this course offer through unionlearn is only open to unions affiliated to the TUC.

The Mental Health First Aid England course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider. 

Mental Health First Aiders have:

  • An in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect well-being
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support - whether that's self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS or a mix

We require 8 to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn. Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan.

Course structure

Session 1 Session 2
  • Why Mental Health First Aid?
  • The mental Health First Aid action plan
  • What is mental health?
  • Impact of mental health issues
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • What is depression?
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Risk factors for depression
  • Depression in the workplace
  • Suicide figures
  • Alcohol, drugs and mental health
  • First aid for suicidal crisis
  • Non-judgemental listening skills
  • First aid for depression
  • Treatment and resources for depression
  • Self-care
Session 3 Session 4
  • What is an anxiety disorder?
  • First aid for anxiety disorders
  • Crisis first aid after a traumatic event
  • Alcohol, drugs and anxiety disorders
  • Treatment and resources for anxiety disorders
  • Cognitive distortions and CBT
  • Personality disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harm
  • What is psychosis?
  • Risk factors for psychosis
  • Alcohol, drugs and psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Warning signs of developing psychosis
  • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis
  • Treatment and resources for psychosis
  • Recovery and building resources
  • Action planning for using MHFA


A nominal charge of £600 per course applies to cover the cost of the MHFA England resources. Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A MHFA manual to refer to whenever they need it
  • A course activity workbook
  • A wallet-sized z-card of the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • A certificate to say they are a Mental Health First Aider

Venue requirements

To host a course at your workplace or union you will need:

  • A room large enough to host a maximum of 18 people (16 participants and 2 facilitators)
  • 8 - 16 participants (12 is ideal)
  • PowerPoint facilities with audio
  • Flipchart
  • Tea/Coffee and water

For further information or to organise your course, please contact [email protected]