Mental Health First Aid Training

We are proud to announce that we will be running our first online, one day, low-cost Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training course on Wednesday 15th February 2023 (9am – 6pm).

This is MHFA England course, the country’s leading provider of MHFA training, and over the course of the day, participants will:

  • Learn how to identify signs of mental ill health
  • Develop an understanding of common mental health issues
  • Build knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
  • Find new ways to support their own mental health and utilise their MHFA skills in everyday life.

Mental Health First Aid training enhances your confidence in raising a concern with someone, and holding those important conversations.  It will also encourage you to look at how a workplace can impact mental health, and ways you can contribute to, and advocate for, a healthier environment, as well as give you vital skills that you can use at work and in your personal life.

The course is taught through discussion, individual tasks and small-group activities, and is ideal for those whom people already turn to for support, be it staff in managerial or leadership positions, company and stage managers, or those who want to learn how to support people experiencing mental health issues.

There will be a lunch break and additional shorter breaks throughout the day.

This course is specifically for freelancers and employees in the arts and culture sector.

The RRP for this one-day course is £200, however, we’re offering it at a discounted rate, at a cost of £145 per person (including VAT and course materials).

This course is being led by Nicola Pollard, a freelance theatre director and Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Nicola trained as an Instructor in order to support her fellow freelancers and theatre practitioners, her experience in the Arts means she is well-placed to understand the issues specific to our industry.

The MHFA England certification is valid for 3 years, after which you’ll be invited to join a Refresher course.

Every attendee receives a workbook and MHFA Action Plan card. Upon completion of the course, you will also receive a certificate.

To book your slot on the course, please visit:

Once you have booked your slot, we will send you out the zoom link and course materials.

There are eight places available and the closing date to sign up for the course is 8pm on Friday 10th February 2023 (this allows us enough time to get the printed course materials out to you).