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72 million working days are lost each due to mental ill health

1 in 20 of us may be having thoughts of suicide

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem each year

1 in 5 of us have experienced two more core symptoms of depression in 2020/21

Men aged 45-50 are 70% more likely to die by suicide due to mental ill health

75% of all mental ill health starts before the age of 18

Suicide is the leading cause of death of young people aged 15-19

Approx £56 billion is lost each year due to time taken off work due to mental health



TLS are accredited to run and qualify you as a Mental Health First Aider in England and Suicide First Aid for the NCSPET accredited by City and Guilds

Would you know how to help?

We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Mental ill health can strike at any time and can affect people from all walks of life.  Although things are improving, stigma still exists around mental ill health. As a society, we don't tend to know how to take care of our mental health like we do our physical health. This means that people may not know how to support a friend, family member or colleague experiencing a mental health issue, or where to go for support with their own mental health.

Become a Mental Health First Aider

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.  You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.  You’ll also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.  What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma in the world around you.

Key messages

– Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the mental health equivalent of physical first aid

– MHFA England is the only provider of licensed Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training in England. Information about MHFA England and its courses can be found at

– MHFA England training provides participants with the skills and confidence to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues and effectively guide a person towards the right support

– MHFA England’s mission is to help people develop the skills to look after their own and others' wellbeing and reduce the stigma associated with mental ill health.

– MHFA England training, courses and Instructor Members are continually quality assured, using robust assessment and evaluation measures

– MHFA is an internationally recognised course, taught in 25 countries around the world. There are now over 5 million people trained in MHFA skills worldwide

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Since creation as a Accredited Unit of Learning programme, this one-day training solution has met the learning needs of multiple groups, from police and other First Responders, through to clergy, veteran support providers, domestic abuse practitioners, community helpers, healthcare practitioners including primary and secondary care, in addition to housing, social care, security officers, armed forces, the education sectors, accredited councilors and more…

In sum, it gives learners the tools and knowledge they need to understand suicide is one of the most preventable deaths and that simple skills are all that are required to help someone with thoughts of suicide, stay safe from their thoughts, and cope.

First Developed in 2002, in Australia, and later developed for UK from 2013, SFA: Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Intervention (SFAUSI) is:

  • Evidence based: Two independent evaluations in 2016 and 2017 by Dr Paul Rogers. A cohort total of 315 participants, in the UK and Trinidad. Significant statistical change in 14 of 19 measures was noted. Increased confidence and reduced anxiety in dealing with suicide, were the leading outcomes. SFAUSI is described as the Gold Standard in suicide prevention training.

  • Recognition: by City and Guilds Institute (C&G), forming 6 credits at level 4 ‘Understanding Suicide Interventions’ is the UK’s national Accredited Unit of Learning in suicide prevention. The assessment is based on knowledge demonstrated via a written assignment.

  • Externally moderated: all tutor performance is subject to external moderation by the awarding body, C&G Institute. Teaching is subject to scrutiny including interviews with learners and quality assurance checks.

  • Flexibly delivered: to accommodate the professional and cultural needs of the different sectors that require training. The programme has set learning goals with content developed relevant to learners need.


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