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We’re very pleased to announce a further expansion to APT’s training provision, as we shall soon be launching mental health and wellbeing at work training through Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA).

Having begun in Australia in 2000, MHFA came to England in 2007 and was launched under the Department of Health: National Institute of Mental Health in England (NIMHE) as part of a national approach to improving public mental health. It has evolved into a global movement with licensed programmes in 25 countries and over 2.6 million people have been trained in MHFA skills worldwide.

Why mental health?

In recent years, mental health has thankfully become less of a taboo, with increased dialogue at both government and public level on the subject; one that effects all of us, one way or another. At APT we believe that health and safety in the workplace shouldn’t just be limited to physical health and safety, and this is why we’ve been working hard behind the scenes researching training related to mental health. After some consideration, we deemed MHFA to be the best route in for both us and our clients. The aim is help increase general awareness of mental health issues as well as highlight pathways to treatment.


Shadow Health Minister, Julie Cooper. House of Commons, 17th January.
“The debate today has called for a change in the law and we join this call. The government must come forward with proposals as to what support will be given to employers to ensure that mental health first aid is provided. This is too important to be left to the goodwill of employers – legislation is required.”    – Shadow Health Minister, Julie Cooper. House of Commons, 17th January. 


The course

The Mental Health First Aid-England Adult Two Day Course provides the skills, knowledge and understanding of first aid for mental health and how to effectively support those experiencing distress. The course aims to empower both individuals in the work place and communities to understand the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and how best to support people experiencing some form of mental distress, themselves and those around them in building a strong recovery.


  • To enable trainees to gain a Mental Health First Aid (England) award in Adult – Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
  • Spot the early signs of a possible mental health issue
  • Feel confident in how to offer and provide initial help to a person experiencing a mental health issue
  • Preserve life where a person may be at risk of harm to themselves or others
  • Help to stop mental health from getting worse and to give hope to someone who needs guidance
  • Promote recovery of good mental health
  • Guide someone towards appropriate treatment and other sources of help
  • Understand the stigma that exists around mental health
  • Provide help on a first aid basis


Suitable Candidates

This course is for trainees aged 16+ who require Adult Mental Health First Aid. It provides the skills, knowledge and understanding of first aid for mental health and how to effectively support those experiencing distress.

Pre-Course Requirements

Due to some of the sensitive subjects of the course students should be aware of that some people can find certain parts of the course difficult, although our instructors help everyone to feel safe and comfortable.

Assessment Method

Trainees must attend all training sessions and are assessed throughout.


Candidates will become qualified as a Adult Mental Health First Aider (with the certificate issued by Mental Health First Aid (England).

The MHFA standard course is split in four manageable parts. These are: –

  • Depression and what is mental health?
  • Suicide and substance misuse
  • Anxiety disorders, self-harm, eating disorders and personality disorders
  • Psychosis and building a healthy community for all



We shall be running an initial open course on 4th & 5th of February 2019 at our training centre in Stoke-on-Trent, with a view to offering closed course on-site training for businesses and organisations as soon as possible.

We’re looking forward to bringing this important training to as many people as possible across the UK. To register your interest, please contact us now.