This is now an online course held over four sessions, qualifying participants to be Certified Mental Health First Aiders. The usual price for this course is £300 from MHFA England. Dorking Minds makes this course available for £60.

To benefit from our subsidised course, you must be a resident of the Dorking area and surrounding villages to qualify for attendance. We reserve the right to cancel your place on the course.



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“This Course has made me re-evaluate how I have been dealing with my children’s mental health needs.”

Mental Health First Aid is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.

In each section you’ll learn how to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health problem in young people

  • Feel confident helping a young person experiencing a problem

  • Provide help on a first aid basis

  • Help protect a young person who might be at risk of harm

  • Help prevent a mental health illness from getting worse

  • Help a young person recover faster

  • Guide a young person towards the right support

  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems


The sessions will be a mix of presentation, group discussions and group work activities. Our MHFA England Trainer will provide a very safe learning environment and is trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in certain parts, then don’t, we won’t ask you to do something you aren’t comfortable with. The course is ideal for parents, teachers, tutors, sports coaches and anyone who comes into contact with young people as part of their work.  Young people over 16 are also welcome to understand themselves and their peers.


The MHFA courses takes place over 4 sessions at a cost of £60 per person in a waged household and £20 for concessions.

YOUTH Mental Health First Aid Course, 4 x evening sessions (March 25 + Mon 29th Mar + Thurs 8th Apr +Tue 13th April)



In response to Covid 19 MHFA (England) have adapted their adult mental health first aider course for online delivery. The course uses all the original material and maintains the full standing of the face to face training and accreditation by The Royal Society for Public Health.

You must be a resident of the Dorking area and surrounding villages to qualify for attendance. We reserve the right to cancel your place on the course. Please contact us if you are unsure about eligibility.

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


Learning takes place across 4 x 2 hour online sessions using Zoom which requires you to have access to suitable video and sound enabled technology. We recommend a PC, laptop or tablet rather than using a phone for the best experience. There will be a comfort agreement in place to ensure the online experience feels safe for all participants.

Each online session will require you to complete 2 hours preparatory reading and homework which will have to be submitted in advance of the session as Learning is through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan. You will get an MHFA manual in advance of the course to keep and refer to whenever you need it.

When you complete the 8 hours online guided learning and 8 hours personal study you'll get a certificate from MHFA England to say you are a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

The course normally costs £300 but we subsidise this heavily through our independent fundraising in order to make it accessible to all. If you cannot afford the reduced course fee of £60 (plus booking fee) we offer a number of concessionary places on each course at a rate which covers the cost of the training manual.


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