Mental Health First Aid (Adult)

Designed for workers and managers to raise awareness and offer practical solutions

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to Identify, Understand and Help a person who may be developing a mental health issue.

Educating people about mental health helps to open up conversations, breaks the stigma and encourages mental health resilience. It also raises awareness of where to go for help, allowing people to recover more quickly. The role of a Mental Health First Aider is to provide support- not councelling or therapy.

So what's in the course...

Participants on MHFA courses come from a wide range of backgrounds, from family members, to employers, people with lived experience of mental ill health, and people who are likely to come into contact with those at risk of mental health issues, such as police, ambulance staff or community workers.

On our Adult MHFA course, you will learn to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health issue
  • Depression and suicidal crisis
  • Anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and self harm
  • 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
  • Help reduce the stigma of mental ill health
  • Feel confident in helping someone experiencing a mental health issue

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What our clients say about this course..

We are very proud of the amazing feedback we have received.

Here's how some of our students felt about us and the course...

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Liz Cole Head of Health and Safety- Catch 22

We have worked with Oakwood Training for the past four years. Terry’s knowledge has been invaluable in designing courses and operational procedures that help us reduce risks to our staff. I consistently hear great comments from staff who have attended courses and I enjoy working with Terry on the different approaches we need for our diverse range of services.

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Harriet Shannon Festivals Operation Executive - Oxfam

The service was tailor made to our requests and Terry and Gemma were extremely helpful and friendly. The trainers were engaging and full of relevant life experiences. Both the bespoke Mental Health Awareness and Mental Health First Aid courses they delivered to our staff and volunteers were great. I would encourage Managers to spend their budget on worthwhile investment like staff mental well being and mental health training as there are still so many stigmas attached to mental health.

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Lucy Finn Assistant Director People, Barnardos Scotland

Terry and the team delivered 3 mental health and wellbeing training days for managers at Barnardo's Scotland. They were extremely responsive to our requirements and adapted the training to meet the needs of our organisation. Oakwood have an evident enthusiasm and passion for mental health and wellbeing and a willingness and ability to quickly adapt the training programme to suit the audience - the 2nd and 3rd sessions were changed following an astute 'reading' of the audience for the first. I would happily recommend Oakwood to other clients and in fact have done so to internal colleagues who have also gone on to use them for training.

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Keith Crampton Learning and Development Manager- North Hertfordshire District Council

Oakwood have proved a great training provider to work with. Terry always strives to understand the organisation and context of the training. His design and delivery very much hit the mark for us resulting in great initial feedback and subsequently behavioural change. In addition Oakwood are flexible and easy to communicate with.

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Jason Hodges Health and Safety Advisor - Tamworth Borough Council and Lichfield District Council

Oakwood Training provide brilliant and engaging trainers. The courses are designed so that the delegate is fully involved with lots of group activities and discussion, a great way to learn. It's easy booking courses with the admin team, nothing is too much trouble and courses can be tweaked to suit the group’s needs. The training style is very enjoyable and engaging, I would 100% recommend Oakwood Training.

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Helen Mather Group Learning and Development Manager - Longhurst Group

Oakwood really understood the issues our staff had in their roles and were able to adapt to this rather than just a generic off the shelf module. All I can say is how pleased I am with the work they have been doing with us, the feedback from staff is not just excellent, but how it adds value to what they are doing.

We feel protecting our staff in their day to day jobs is vital, and as such its vital they are trained effectively, and Oakwood has delivered consistently for us since we have used them, thank you!”

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Neil Reader Occupational Health Manager - Hobson Health

Very well received, very useful course which will assist in practice. The trainer was excellent and I would definitely recommend this training to others.

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Claire Guise Health and Safety Manager - Marie Curie

I have now attended two sessions of training carried out by Terry covering both mental health first aid and personal safety. Terry made both sessions very engaging, thought provoking and fun. The depth of experience and clear passion of the trainer about the subjects covered - very inspirational. I am very likely to recommend Oakwood Training to others and and already have done.

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Gareth Johnson National Operations Manager - Catch 22

The post course follow up information is brilliant Terry, it really finishes off what I believe was an excellent training day. I have received really good feedback from a number of colleagues who said they got a great deal out of the training

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Jackie Mason Occupational Health Nurse - Hobson Health

Excellent trainer whose enthusiasm and knowledge for the subject shone through in this interactive and though provoking course.

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Jackie Molloy Assistant Director Human Resources - WM Housing Group

I have experienced the Mental Health First Aid training previously and have always found it incredibly informative. What was different about Oakwood training was how they delivered. Terry is clearly an expert in the field but delivers in a way that facilitates empathy and thus brings the learning to life. The classroom element was relaxed yet highly informative and Terry was able to answer any questions we posed. I wouldn't hesitate to work with Oakwood training again

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Matthew Posaner Director of People - WM Housing Group

Terry and his Team at Oakwood Training have provided Mental Health Awareness Workshops for the Group. These have been exceptionally well received, providing real insight into the issue, whilst helping Managers develop the tools to support their colleagues in this area. The best thing about working with Oakwood is the knowledge and experience of the Facilitators. I am highly likely to recommend them to others.


Check out "Our Clients"  page to see what they have said about us.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

We know that you and your staff will love this course. Remember, we can alter any content to suit your specific needs to ensure you get the most out of your training. If, for whatever reason, you are unhappy with the course, we will give you a full refund.

What others have asked...

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I really don't know the first thing about mental health problems. Will this course be over my head?

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