Thursday 2 March 10:00AM

Mental Health First Aid in the Performing Arts (Spring)

This course will increase your confidence and skills  to provide support for anyone experiencing psychological distress on a first aid basis. The course is tailored for those working in the theatre industry. At the end of the course you will be a qualified Mental Health First Aider.

Suitable For:

  • Simply, the course is open to anyone! If you would like to increase your awareness, understand the importance of mental health issues and learn the skills to be a mental health first aider then this is the course for you.

Why train your people as MHFAiders®?

MHFAiders® are essential to maintaining employee wellbeing. By training with us your people will gain:

  • A deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect people’s wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • The confidence to step in and support someone in the workplace by guiding them to appropriate support
  • Three years access to the MHFAider Support App® with 24/7 digital support
  • Access to exclusive resources, ongoing learning opportunities, and the benefit of joining England’s largest community of trained MHFAiders®

Course Outline

  • Language and mental health issues
  • What is mental health?
  • Mental health problems
  • Supporting people in distress
  • Our own emotional wellbeing

Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to identify the discrimination surrounding mental health problems.
  • Be able to define mental health & some mental health problems.
  • Be able to relate to people’s experiences.
  • Be able to spot the signs of a wide range of common mental health issues in themselves and others around them.
  • Be taught how to provide help and reassurance on a first aid basis


Maria Pattinson has over twenty-five years of experience in both public and private sector training programmes for professional development with a diversity of clients. She has a Master’s Degree in Ethical Leadership from King’s College London and specialist knowledge of social ethics in training and development.

MHFA England provides mental health awareness training and consultancy to a wide variety of organisations, businesses and communities – with the primary aim of increasing the population’s mental health literacy and reducing the stigma often associated with mental ill health.