Half Day: Adult Mental Health Aware

This online half day in Adult Mental Health Awareness is an introductory course for anyone who wishes to learn the skills of recognising, supporting and assisting those experiencing mental health challenges or in crisis. This is a stand alone training, or can be taken as an introduction prior to attending the full four day Mental Health First Aid training.


Mental illness is the second-largest source of burden of disease in England. Mental illnesses are more common, long-lasting and impactful than other health conditions. But approximately only 1 in 8 adults with a mental health problem are currently getting any kind of treatment. In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic has created a very real mental health emergency.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

MHFA England training won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis.

Adult MHFA Aware courses are for everyone aged 16 upwards and every course is delivered by a quality assured Instructor Member who has attended an MHFA England Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, and is trained to keep people safe and supported while they learn.

This online course is delivered by James Chapman, an accredited Instructor Member, approved by MHFA England to deliver Adult MHFA courses.

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Course Description

This introductory course raises awareness of mental health and covers:

  • What mental health is and how to challenge stigma
  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing
  • Supporting someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue

Course Format

This is an online four hour course. Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. We limit numbers to 25 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.

**This course is not recorded and attendance at the live session is essential for certification**

Course Content

  • What is mental health?
  • Mental Health Continuum
  • Factors which affect mental health
  • Stigma
  • Stress and stress management
  • Spotting signs of distress
  • Mental health conditions:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Eating disorders
  • Suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Recovery
  • Take 10 Together – starting a supportive conversation
  • Supporting mental health in the workplace
  • Useful statistics
  • Helpful resources

On completion of the course, you will receive:

  • A certificate of attendance to say you are Mental Health Aware
  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it. Students outside of the UK will be sent a link to a PDF manual.
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health


This course is open to all in the UK and Internationally, and is especially suitable for yoga teachers, therapists, bodyworkers and healthcare workers who wish to learn the skills to assist students and clients who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.


There are two concessionary places available on this course at £35, for students in financial need, who are able to demonstrate how they will use the training for the good of their community. The deadline for applications is 30 October 2021.

We particularly welcome applications from minority ethnic communities.

Please click here to fill in and submit a concessionary application to be considered.


4 hours live online.

**This course is not recorded and attendance at all live sessions is essential for certification**


On completion of this course you will receive a certificate of attendance from MHFA England to say you are a Mental Health Aware

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Meet the Teacher

James is an accredited Instructor Member, approved by MHFA England to deliver Adult MHFA courses.

After many years working in IT at a busy law firm, James was suffering from stress, burnout and a bad back. Consequently, he left his job and trained in yoga and structural bodywork.

As well as being an MHFA instructor, he is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist with over 16 years experience, specialising in mental health and addiction. He has worked with some of the leading mental health charities, rehab clinics and the NHS. James is also a faculty member on the Yoga Therapy Diploma with Yogacampus, lecturing on Race, Ethnicity & Yoga.

James has experienced the mental health system, both as a service user and service provider. Despite having training in psychotherapy, James learnt so much from his first MHFA training that he decided to become a MHFA trainer. His work is informed by the firm belief that every adult should have these skills and knowledge to not only support others, but themselves as well.


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