University of Bath

Mental health first aid: Higher Education (one-day course)

In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.

When this course runs


  • Wednesday 21 November 2018
  • Tuesday 22 January 2019

Time: 9.00am - 4.30pm

To book/cancel your place - please see the instructions below for using Employee Self Service (ESS)

Presenter(s): Student Services - Nicola Peacock and/or Hayley Dinham and/or Maia Thorne

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.

About this course

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. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.

The MHFA Higher Education course 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 course 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.


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

Key differences between the MHFA and MHFA Higher Education courses

MHFA course

  • 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

MHFA Higher Education course

  • 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 

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.    

Who should attend this course

This course is aimed at all staff but particularly those who support students' well-being, and want to increase their knowledge, confidence and skills in dealing with mental health awareness and disorders. The course is especially recommended for Senior Tutors, Personal Tutors and staff in Security due to the nature of their roles. It is also recommended for members of staff who have line management responsibilities and supervisors of doctoral students. 

Please note: 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.

Book/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

Book a place

You must book a place in advance to attend this course – you can book your place using Employee Self-Service (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).

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

Other resources

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: 

Access online tools and support on-demand

Related resources such as videos, top tips, key ideas and case studies are available to all staff via the Development Toolkit

If you're using the Development Toolkit for the first time, you will need to sign-in via the Learning and Developing webpage. If you've used it before, you can use the links below to access the resources directly.

Available resources include: 

  • 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

Support those you line manage

Use the University of Bath Line Manager's Toolkit on Mental Health to identify sources of help and guidance, including signposting to other sources of information  

Download a free Line Manager's Resource from MHFA England which provides guidance and advice to improve the way you support individuals experiencing mental health issues (enter the resource name into the search bar)