University of Bath

Mental health first aid: Higher Education (July 2019)

A one day course for staff which teaches you how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue.

3 Jul 20199.00am
3 Jul 20194.30pm

2018/19 courses: This course is likely to run in November, January, May and July. Course dates will be published approximately 6 to 8 weeks beforehand.

Course overview

Mental Health First Aid is an educational course, developed in Australia in 2000 and now internationally recognised in 23 countries, which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue.

The MHFA Higher Education is a one day course consisting of a mix of presentation, group discussions and group work activities. The key topic areas are:

  • Understanding mental health
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicide
  • Self- Harm
  • Eating Disorders
  • Psychosis

You will be required to attend the whole day in order to receive the Certificate of Attendance from MHFA England. You will also receive a MHFA manual that you can take away with you.

A free Line Manager's Resource can also be downloaded from MHFA England which provides guidance and advice to employers who would like to improve the way they support employees experiencing mental health issues. 

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will be aware of how to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health issue
  • Feel confident helping someone experiencing a mental health issue
  • 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 issues

MHFA aims to increase individual’s knowledge of and confidence in discussing mental health difficulties. As a result some of the content may be challenging and can, on occasion, trigger emotionally distressing responses in individuals. Whilst course facilitators are always willing to provide support within the context of the course this will not extend beyond the two days. In cases where you feel you may be affected by the course, or if your need is for personal development or emotional support please consider these factors prior to attending the course.

Key differences between the MHFA Higher Education and MHFA courses

MHFA Higher Education:

  • One-day course
  • Case studies and activities focus specifically on Higher Education
  • Although the topics are the same in both courses, they will be covered in less depth in this course

MHFA (details available on the programmes and courses overview):

  • Two-day course
  • Case studies and activities relate to mental health issues in various settings
  • Although the topics are the same in both courses, this course offers the opportunity for greater exploration and discussion


This course has no pre-work.

Effective Behaviours Framework (EBF)

The Effective Behaviours Framework (EBF) has nine key behavioural areas. This course will help you to develop skills and knowledge related to the EBF behavioural groups highlighted below:

  • Managing self and personal skills
  • Engaging with the wider context
  • Working together

Please note that attending the course does not provide evidence of achieving these behaviours; you will need to demonstrate them by applying your skills and knowledge.

Book or cancel your place using ESS

Discussing your learning and development with your line manager

We assume that if you need permission or agreement to attend this course you will have arranged this before booking, and have also jointly discussed the following with your line manager to ensure that the training is suitable and your learning can be transferred back to the workplace:

  • how this training will help to deliver your individual/team goals
  • the expected outcomes (i.e. what is expected to change/improve as a result)
  • any support required post-course to enable you to transfer your learning back to the workplace

Your manager will receive an automated notification when you book or cancel a place on a course using ESS.

Book a place

Once a course date has been arranged you can book your place using Employee Self-Service (ESS). You must book a place to be able attend. Download instructions on how to book your place using ESS.

Please note that we do not hold a waiting list for this course.

Cancel your place

You can cancel your place using Employee Self-Service (ESS). Download instructions on how to cancel your place using ESS.

Please cancel your place as early as possible, and at least 3 days in advance, to allow others to book instead.

If you would like to know more about the services available to support you to support our students, please visit the Student Services webpage.  

Further support and guidance is also available from: 
Related online learning and resources

Access online tools and support about mental health and wellbeing on-demand via the Development Toolkit, such as:

  • Top tips for good mental health
  • Recognising the symptoms of stress
  • Mental health M.O.T.
  • The road to resilience
  • Tips for improving the psychological wellbeing of your team