University of Bath

Mental health first aid

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

When this course runs

Dates and time (attendance is required at both days):

  • tbc

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

2018/19 courses: This course is likely to run in September and March. Course dates will be published approximately 6 to 8 weeks beforehand.

About this course

Mental Health First Aid is an educational course 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. Mental Health First Aid was first developed in Australia in 2000 and is now internationally recognised in 23 countries.

The two-day course will be 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.

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

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 presenters 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 a place

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

To book a place on a published course date email with the following;

  • course title
  • date
  • your name
  • any access requirements you may have

We assume that if you need permission or agreement to attend this course you will have arranged this before booking.

Courses are subject to room availability. We will do our best to find rooms, but if we can't we may be forced to postpone or cancel the event.

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: 

Online tools and resources

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