NUCO or MHFA England Mental Health First Aid Courses? The NUCO certificate carries a RQF Level 2 or 3 qualification dependant on your course choice. The MHFA England certificate is endorsed by the Royal Society of Public Health.  It comes down to preference in your requirements as an individual or organisation. NUCO is an educational body and MHFA England are the driving force in the UK behind mental health first aid awareness. So you would need to make a decision on what suits your organisation best, if you would like to discuss this further complete the contact us form at the bottom of the page.  Both can be delivered online or in-person. 

Both versions will qualify delegates as recognised Mental Health First Aiders 

NUCO courses are currently only available for closed groups of 6-16 delegates.  For individual bookings please take a look at our MHFA England options. Click on the image for more information.  

MHFA England courses are being delievred online at least once a week for individuals to join. We can also provide closed course options for 6-16 delegates. Click on the image for more information. 

Mental Health First Aiders have
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 employer, the NHS, or a mix 
We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn. The course is delivered in four sessions over two days. 
Whether you choose NUCO or MHFA England's version by completing your course with Mindmaps Wellbeing you will be invited to our Mindmaps Wellbeing Hub MHFAider edition.  
We also provide two online MHFAider peer groups moderated by the instructor team. We also invite those we have trained to an open quarterly online drop-in contact, to ensure those we train as MHFAiders have guidance and support for their new roles. 
We recommend that this qualification is updated every two years by attending the refresher course, to remain competent and up to date on best practice. We will keep you updated when this is due.  

What will I learn? 

Why mental health first aid? 
The mental health first aid action plan 
What is mental health? 
Impact of mental health issues 
Stigma and discrimination 
What is depression? 
Symptoms of depression 
Risk factors for depression 
Depression in the workplace 
Suicide figures 
Alcohol, drugs and mental health 
First aid for suicidal crisis 
Non-judgemental listening skills 
First aid for depression 
Treatment and resources for depression 
What is an anxiety disorder? 
First aid for anxiety disorders 
Crisis first aid after a traumatic event 
Alcohol, drugs and anxiety disorders 
Treatment and resources for anxiety disorders 
Cognitive distortions and CBT 
Personality disorders 
Eating disorders 
What is psychosis? 
Risk factors for psychosis 
Alcohol, drugs and psychosis 
Bipolar disorder 
Warning signs of developing psychosis 
Crisis first aid for acute psychosis 
Treatment and resources for psychosis 
Recovery and building resources 
Action planning for using MHFA 
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