Course Content:

From April 2021 Foundation in Mental Health will no longer be a specific course, rather it will be an umbrella term used to cover a broad range of introductory mental health courses that are in development and will be advertised over the coming months. They will be offered as standalone courses or as part of an agreed learning pathway and will include topics that would have been covered in the original FIMH course, Beautiful Minds and Beautiful Young minds.

These MHFA courses are practical skills and awareness courses designed to equip learners with the skills and confidence to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues, and provide support and signposting to self-help, or professional services. The new online versions deliver the same evidence-based learning outcomes of the popular ‘face-to-face’ MHFA Two Day courses in an accessible, online format. They are structured around a blend of individual learning and live sessions.

Course Structure for Youth MHFA
• Complete Individual learning prior to session 1 1hr
• Attend online Live session 1 3hrs max
• Complete Individual learning prior to session 2 1hr 15mins
• Attend online Live session 2 3hrs max
• Complete Individual learning prior to session 3 1hr 20mins
• Attend online Live session 3 3hrs max
• Complete Individual learning prior to session 4 1hr 35mins
• Attend online Live session 4 3hrs max

Other courses for development
Rough Sleeper Mental Health Awareness Aneemo eLearning module
Other courses for development available through SISTAD
Working with complex needs
Emotional Wellbeing and resilience in the Workplace
Principle of Trauma informed practice.

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Who Should Apply?

Open to all Officers and employees who, in the course of their work, are supporting young people in mental distress

Venue & Dates

Each online session starts 1pm and finishes 4pm

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, delegates should be able to:
• Understand the term “mental health”
• Spot the early signs of mental distress
• Provide help on a first aid basis
• Identify appropriate mental health professionals
• Know how to guide someone toward the right support
• Reduce the stigma of mental ill-health


Kate Dawson (Mental Health First Aid England)


Paula Sandford-Marsh

Learning Hours:

16 hours