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The Workplace MHFA Course

“Our vision is a supportive community in Ireland with a willingness to address mental health problems when they arise"

The course teaches managers, supervisors and individuals how to assist a co-worker who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Participants learn a framework for communications, how to offer and provide initial help and how to guide a person towards appropriate professional help, and other supports, in an understanding and empathetic way.

Course participants receive a copy of the MHFA manual and a Certificate of completion

Why participate?

MHFA forms part of a pragmatic approach to an organisations wellness programme, contributing to a culture of wellness within the workplace community and the broader community of family and friends.

Mental health problems are a significant cause of absenteeism and presenteeism. An employee’s experience of mental health problems can impact their concentration, memory, decision making and motivation.

Early interventions, such as MHFA, can help staff feel valued and supported by their employer. Furthermore, MHFA can help create more positive and trusting relationships between managers and employees.

Make your workplace/company a better place to work by using this evidence based and internationally renowned training.

How we learn together

The course can be delivered over two days or in four 3-hour modules.  Facilitated by MHFA Instructors, who are health professionals and/or have life experience of mental health problems, this face-to-face training is focused on new knowledge and skills and how they can be applied in a workplace setting.  The course format caters for various learning styles providing opportunities to participate and practice skills using workplace case-studies, videos and resources tailored to their learning needs.

Emerging mental health problems covered include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Substance Misuse

Mental health crises covered include:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Self-harm
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects of alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours

MHFA has a substantial evidence base

Research and evaluation has been integral to the MHFA programme since its inception led by co-founder Professor Anthony Jorm at the University of Melbourne.

Measuring the success of your involvement with MHFA

MHFA is a training and research program and so is constantly evaluating content, delivery and engagement in order to maintain a high level of quality assurance. We can help suggest areas you might measure to evaluate effectiveness.


from our attendees ...

“This is a great experience/really practical advice for life”

“Excellent course really informative and practical. Will really help me in my role in HR”

“I found the course extremely interesting, engaging and easy to follow. I feel that the content being taught can be implemented in a very practical way in real life”

“Very practical, came away more comfortable dealing with situations, things were explained easily really positive and would highly recommend”

“I feel more confident/comfortable dealing/discussing mental health issues – will be more proactive in daily life – work and personal”

“I think this course is excellent. I wish I had known about it sooner. I think the course should be implemented throughout a range of civil service jobs as well as within the private sector”