Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a course aimed at those that are likely to come into contact with people at risk of experiencing mental distress. These can include police officers, nurses, community workers, physical first aiders, work colleagues, family members and people in the community.

A trained instructor delivers the course and each participant will receive a certificate of attendance and a copy of the Mental Health First Aid Manual. The course will not train you to be a therapist, counsellor or mental health professional but will train you to:

  • Give initial help to someone experiencing a mental health problem
  • Deal with a crisis situation or the first signs of someone developing mental ill health
  • Guide people towards appropriate help

The 12-hour course covers a number of topics including:

  • What is meant by mental health / mental ill health
  • The signs and symptoms of common mental health problems including depression, anxiety disorders and psychosis
  • The range of effective interventions and treatments
  • How to access help and support

The course aims to help participants:

  • Preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others
  • Provide help to prevent a mental health problem developing into a more serious state
  • Promote recovery of good mental health
  • Provide comfort to a person experiencing mental distress

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a 14 hour training course for adults working or living with young people. It is particularly relevant for those who work with adolescents who may come into contact with young people at risk or experiencing mental distress.

MHFA courses will be running in Gwent throughout 2015.  

Please note that there is a charge per person, per course.

For further information about MHFA go to

This course is delivered by GAVO and their training brochure can be accessed here.