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Recrutiment & Employment Confederation

Adult Mental Health First Aid Training

These training courses are designed to help recruiters recognise the symptoms of mental health issues, provide initial help and guidance to a person.

All employers have a duty of care to support their employees’ wellbeing at the workplace. The impact of poor mental health can result in significant losses to the business through absence, reduced productivity and increased staff churn. Therefore, the REC, in its commitment to supporting the industry best practice and care, has partnered with an independent Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England approved instructor, Joanne Quinn, to deliver the Adult MHFA training course.

The Adult MHFA course is an internationally recognised course. After taking it, you will be able to:

  • Recognise the symptoms of mental health issues
  • Provide initial help
  • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help

MHFA won't teach you how to be a therapist, but once you’ve completed the course you will be able to say you're a Mental Health First Aider.

The course is delivered as 4 half-days (2.5 hrs sessions) over 2 weeks.

Due to the potentially upsetting nature of the subjects discussed, you must be 18 or over to be eligible to attend the training course.


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Course Outcomes

Our quality assured MHFA instructor delivers training that has been designed to fit into four manageable chunks. These are:

  • Mental Health First Aid, mental health, and depression
  • Depression (cont.) and suicidal crisis
  • Anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and self-harm
  • Psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

In each section you’ll learn how to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health issue
  • Feel confident helping someone experiencing a mental health issue
  • Provide help on a first aid basis
  • Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
  • Help stop a mental health issue from getting worse
Format of the Course

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. You can download the course structure for more detail below.

Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn

Everyone who attends the course receives a copy of the MHFA materials, which are excellent support resources. When you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate confirming that you are a trained Mental Health First Aider.


Member rate:  £285 + VAT
Non-member rate: £300 + VAT

Your Mental Health First Aid Instructor

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Joanne Quinn worked in the recruitment industry for over 15 years before specialising in mental health and wellbeing.

Joanne supports organisations in creating mental health and wellbeing programmes in the workplace from strategy development through to implementation and training. 

She previously worked in the recruitment industry, latterly at Director level for a global plc, project managing and leading bid teams to secure multi-million pound contracts.

Joanne also has experience as a management consultant and has been instrumental in enabling organisations make operational changes resulting in significant improvements in business performance.

Passionate about mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, Joanne is committed to raising awareness. Her training courses equip individuals with the tools and techniques needed to positively manage their own mental health, enabling both employees and business to thrive. 

In-company training

Pick the course, location and date and we'll come to you. You can choose one of our courses to be delivered on your office, or we can work with you to create a bespoke programme. 

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