Course description

Who should attend?

The mental health first aid refresher course should be attended annually by anyone who has completed a 1 or 2-day mental health first aid course, within the last 3 years. It is recommended that those who have attended a 1 or 2-day mental health first aid course more than 3 years ago, should complete the full course again.

Please be aware that this course covers subjects that some people may find distressing, including suicide and self-harm. If an attendee feels overwhelmed they can leave the course at any time.

If you feel in advance that this subject may be too distressing for the attendee please do not book them on without first asking them whether they would feel comfortable attending.

If the attendee is unsure whether mental health first aid is right for them, please encourage them to contact us to discuss their concerns.

For support with your mental health, please contact Samaritans on 116 123, or NHS 111.

Candidates need a basic command of English (defined as Level 2). Whilst we are often able to provide support to people who do not have English as a first language, our ability to do so is limited by the time available and the number of people who require assistance. We may be able to make special arrangements if requested in advance. Please contact us if you need any guidance.

Booking for large numbers of students? Have a look at on-site training options.

What you will learn

  • Skills refresh – refreshing the skills required to spot the signs of common mental illnesses and support a person who needs assistance
  • An update on the mental health support that is available
  • Exercises and discussion on how to apply the Mental Health Action Plan in different scenarios

Course duration

Four hours.

Mental health first aid refresher

Assessment and certification


There is no formal assessment for this course but delegates must complete all sections of the course.


On completion of the course, delegates will receive a Mental Health First Aid Refresher certificate.

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