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Free MHFA training for intercollegiate halls residents

By Adrian 31 Mar 2021

We are very happy to offer 16 FREE places on a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course, exclusively for intercollegiate halls residents.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Normally charged at £300 per person, this nationally-recognised online course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider, giving you:

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support - whether that’s self-help resources, through their university or employer, the NHS, or a mix

MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening. What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma in the world around you.

How is the course delivered?

This is an online course delivered through the MHFA England Online Learning Hub. Learning takes place through four live training sessions, spread across two weeks, with self-learning activities in between. Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan.

What do you get at the end?

  • A certificate of attendance to say you are a Mental Health First Aider
  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health

When is it?

The course will be delivered In four half-day sessions:

  • Tue 4 May, 09:30-12:00
  • Wed 5 May, 09:30-12:00
  • Tue 11 May, 09:30-12:00
  • Wed 12 May, 09:30-12:00

If you sign up, it is essential that you commit to attending all four sessions for the full 2.5 hours each time. MHFA England are very strict about attendance and will not issue a certificate if any part of the course has been missed.

How do you sign up?

Register your interest in attending the course at

If more than 16 people register interest, we will select 16 at random.

The deadline for registration is 17:00 on Wednesday 14 April.

If you are selected to attend, we will confirm your registration no later than Friday 16 April. Please ensure you keep the course dates free in your diary at least until you receive confirmation of your place.

Privacy notices

If you are selected to attend the course, the data you provide on this form will be used by the University of London to register you as a delegate on the Mental Health First Aid England website.

The University of London privacy notice can be found at

The MHFA England privacy notice can be found at

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Adrian is a medical doctor, the University of London Student Health & Wellbeing Manager, and the Warden of Connaught Hall. He is passionate about advancing equality, diversity, and inclusion. Adrian's interests include fitness, nutrition, mindfulness and insight meditation, medical education, social psychology, and human factors / crisis resource management.
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