Mental Health First Aid Course 10/11 April 2017

As you may know Youth Conference carried two motions this year directly relating to mental health, especially suicide amongst young adults. 

Mental Health issues within the workplace is still very much a silent problem and often reps are ill-equipped to deal with the many situations that arise directly as a result of some mental health occurrence such as depression, stress or suicidal tendencies. 

The Youth Committee has therefore arranged for a two-day course for Branch Youth Officers and/or youth reps to take place 10th and 11th April 2017 at: 

Unite Eastern & London Regional office

  33-37 Moreland Street, London EC1V 8BB Tel: 020 8800 4281 Fax: 020 8802 8388 

Start time 1000 – finish time 1730/1800 (both days) 

Course Details:

The two day Adult MHFA course is an internationally recognised course. After taking it, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the symptoms of mental health issues
  • Provide initial help
  • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help

MHFA won't teach participants how to be a therapist, but once they have completed the two day course they will be able to say they are a Mental Health First Aider. 

What will Participants learn?

The quality assured MHFA instructor will deliver training that has been designed to fit into four manageable chunks. These are:

  • Mental Health First Aid, mental health, and depression
  • Depression (cont.) and suicidal crisis
  • Anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and self-harm
  • Psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

In each section participants learn 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 health issue from getting worse
  • Help someone recover faster
  • Guide someone towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health issues.

How will Participants learn? 

The Adult MHFA course usually takes place over two full days.

The sessions will be a mix of presentations, discussions, and group work activities. The instructor will provide a safe learning environment and are trained to support participants throughout the whole course. If participants don’t feel comfortable joining in certain parts, then there is no pressure to. 

Everyone who attends the course will receive a copy of the MHFA manual and workbook, which are both excellent support resources. When participants have completed the course they will receive a certificate to confirm that they are a trained Mental Health First Aider. 

Places are limited to 20 (the course may be run again if there is interest).  Branches are asked to encourage their Branch Youth Officer or Youth Rep to take part.  The cost of the course will be paid for by the national youth budget, but branches are asked to cover travel, subsistence and accommodation costs (if required) – no accommodation will be booked by head office. 


If you are a Branch Youth Officer and wish to take part please speak to your branch in the first instance.

For further enquiries about the course please email