Our courses can be held at your place of work or at our clinic based in Newport.

Our next Mental Health First Aid open course will take place at our Newport clinic on the 3rd and 4th of December 2018. For more information please contact us or register your interest.


What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a Government Initiative designed to improve workplace mental health and wellbeing. It was launched in 2000 by Betty Kitchener and Anthony Jorm as a way to improve mental health literacy in Australia. It teaches basic ‘first aid’ for mental health, enabling people to recognise signs of mental health distress, similar to how people are taught first aid for physical issues. Its aim is to reduce stigma, increase understanding and our responses to mental health.

Mental Health First Aid are accredited courses that have been designed for anyone to undertake. It is designed to teach people from all walks of life not only how to manage their own mental health but also to support others in life and in times of crisis.


Why Invest in MHFA Training?

A healthy workforce makes a more productive workforce and having individuals within your organisation who are able to support employee wellbeing needs is a huge asset for encouraging less absenteeism and presenteeism and promoting wellbeing across the company ensuring your employees are happy and healthy.

Furthermore, Mental ill Health costs businesses in the UK more than £34.9 billion a year, the equivalent of £1,300 per employee. By providing employees with resources and support for mental health, employers will be able to save up to 30% of these costs. Mental Health First Aid can help with this, by providing employees with the support they need for their mental health.


Psychology Wales MHFA training course

Our two-day accredited Mental Health First Aid course enables delegates to:

  • Have an in-depth understanding of mental health and factors that affect wellbeing.
  • Have the knowledge and skills to support employees with their mental health and recognise signs that a colleague is struggling.
  • Have the confidence to aid a colleague in distress.
  • Have enhanced interpersonal skills, for example non-judgemental listening and communication skills.
  • Have the knowledge of where to signpost people struggling with mental health, whether directing them to an employer, mental health facilities or self-help resources.

Course Delivery

Courses are delivered in a variety of ways that include presentations and group discussions and are delivered using a Mental Health First Aid action plan.

Our Mental Health First Aid courses can be held at your place of work or at our clinic based in Newport. The cost of the course is £220 per delegate, for a maximum of 16 delegates. This price includes the two-day intensive course and all course resources needed to complete the training. The course accredits each delegate with a Mental Health First Aid qualification accredited by Mental Health First Aid.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed the 6 week course which has flown by. The weekly sessions and homework have been extremely helpful in starting me on my mindfulness/meditation journey. Really enjoyed the science behind how meditation effects the brain positively. Elizabeth (course leader) has been a pleasure to see every week with her positive, uplifting approach to us as a group and mindfulness as a whole. I shall miss our weekly sessions
    Previous Introduction to Mindfulness attendee
  • I felt I could share my experiences with confidence.
    Geninia Malcohl
  • Really great advice, I felt like I was actually being listened to and everyone was calm and friendly – Thank you.
    Abigail Case
  • Really good, positive and can see real value for myself and my organisation.
    Caroline Belasco
  • Having a weekly session to look forward to has helped me to cope with difficult situations over the last 12 weeks.
    Rebecca Lloyd
  • Getting together as a group really helped to share thoughts and discuss challenges as it made me feel human and gave me a support network in work.
    Hayley Armstrong
  • Very well presented with enthusiasm and lots of smiles. I enjoyed it and discussed it a lot with my partner so it was very relevant and real for me. It provides a further 'tool' for my therapy practice.
    John Plowman
  • "The course was well-structured and informative; very useful tips and advice and it has definitely helped me to manage myself better." - A previous CBT Group Course attendee.
    A previous CBT Group Course Attendee
  • This course has really helped me get perspective on my life and how I handle difficult situations. I think the fact that our group was small meant that each person was able to open up and feel like their views and feelings were fully considered. It was really well organised and covered loads of useful topics. Thank You.
    Previous MoodMaster Attendee
  • Having been interested in knowing what mindfulness was about, I have been pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. I have experienced subtle changes in the way I approach my life both consciously and unconsciously. It has made me more confident in being able to manage my daily life with a more realistic approach to my capabilities.
    Emma Butterworth
  • I found the course very good and enjoyed it very much. I feel that it will be useful in my day to day life and will definitely keep up the practice. I will miss the Tuesday sessions. I have recommended the course to all my friends and colleagues.
    Rebecca Richards
  • A great introduction to mindfulness would recommend this course to anyone needing to slow down. Some really useful, practical (and mindful) tips to take away!
    A previous Mindfulness attendee
  • I really enjoyed learning about mental health and look forwards to learning more and sharing my knowledge with others. I hope that this will improve my daily life with my own insecurities.
    A previous attendee on our corporate CBT Course
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  • Very good to help improve wellbeing and self-awareness. I think a lot of people would benefit from this and could use/apply to work life as well as personal.
    Sarah Le Garff
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  • I really enjoyed it! I loved listening to what Carly, the course practitioner, had to say. I learned a lot about different things, and Carly had a lot of empathy towards us and what we had to say as well.
    A Previous Corporate CBT Course Delegate
  • I really enjoyed it! It was great listening to it and I learned a lot.
    A Previous Corporate CBT Course Delegate
  • I really enjoyed listening. A lot of it related to me too, and I would love to look into it more.
    A Previous Corporate CBT Course Delegate
  • I understand CBT so much now! I would love to learn more. it's very interesting, I enjoyed it.
    Louise Baston
    Malpas Fire Station
  • Very friendly trainer, helped with some suggestions and she listened to me when I was talking. She also gave me some great techniques to help me sleep.
    Caroline Moss
  • I think Carly's presentations are always very useful. Many things that are being discussed might feel obvious but in reality you often find new perspectives to look at things from.
    A Previous Attendee on our Overcoming Low Self esteem course
  • I have really enjoyed the session(s). They are in depth enough to understand why things happen but also how you can get through it. I have learnt some good tips to support myself and others.
    Emma Nash
  • Every presentation from Carly has been really helpful in understanding myself and others. I always recommend Psychology Wales to anyone who may be struggling.
    • well presented
    • friendly
    • opens up to the room
    • clear and concise
    • good handouts
    A Previous Attendee on our Overcoming Low Self esteem course
  • She has a calming nature which puts everyone at ease, it was hard to be in a negative conversation but it was kept upbeat.
    A Previous Attendee on our Overcoming Low Self esteem course
  • I feel that it's very well presented and interacts very well with the attendees. Really helpful tips given, as someone that suffers from low self esteem there has been things that I can put into place to help me combat this.
    A Previous Attendee on our Overcoming Low Self esteem course
  • I thought the trainer was really helpful and listened to everyone's opinions. The information provided was very useful and I will be using it in future.
    • Clear, helpful and current
    • The session flowed clearly and easily. Everyone was engaged and I found the session really helpful.
    Bethan Turner
  • Course is well presented. Nice thoughts. How to think and get well in good and bad situations. It helped me in terms of personal and professional ways.
    A Previous Attendee on our MoodMaster Course
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  • Helped me through some difficult and busy periods.
    Mark Anderson
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  • Highly beneficial course. Great to check in every week, definite benefits seen.
    Previous MoodMaster Attendee
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  • Course is well presented. Nice thoughts, how to think and get well in good and bad situations. It helped me in terms of personal and professional development.
    Seri Samayamanthule
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  • The course has had a huge impact on myself as an individual, my perceptions of myself and the approaches that I have towards myself and others. I promise I will try and continue to be kind to myself.
  • This course was hugely well presented and very engaging. The lessons and tools that I have learned have already helped me and although I am aware that there is a long way to go for me, it’s a journey I now feel more equipped to take.

  • The course has been truly beneficial to my life and my circumstances. It has provided me with the tools I need to continue along my journey. Sophie, Ant and Emma have been amazing at facilitating the meetings. 5 Stars!!

  • A great introduction to Mindfulness, enjoying a very inspirational journey over the past 6 weeks which I will continue in the future. Over the past 6 weeks, we have only touched the tip of the iceberg and I’m very keen to learn more as it’s already benefiting me in so many ways. Thank you for this.

  • I have benefitted greatly from this course in more ways than can be explained. I am now looking forward to a “Mindfulness 2” in order to continue my journey. I am very grateful for the expertise in the facilitating.


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