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What is mental health first aid?

Mental Health First Aid teaches line-managers and staff how to spot signs and symptoms of common mental health issues (such as anxiety, depression and various disorders), provide non-judgemental support and reassurance, and guide a person to seek appropriate professional support they may need to recover.

Mental health training in the workplace has been proven to make a lasting difference in people’s knowledge and confidence around mental health. Thanks to the development of mental health first aid training courses, responsible employers now have an opportunity to address the key issue of ignorance and debunk the myths about mental health in the workplace. Those that choose to do so are likely to improve the workplace for staff and have a positive impact on business profitability.

How effective is mental health first aid?

Independent research and evaluation shows that taking part in a Mental Health First Aid course raises awareness of mental illnesses, encourages early intervention to aid recovery, increases confidence in dealing with mental illnesses and reduces stigma. The research suggests that improving UK workplace mental health management could reduce employers’ losses attributed to mental illness by 30%, collectively saving £8 billion a year.

What does a mental health first aider do?

The role of the Mental Health First Aider is to support employees in the workplace who are experiencing mental ill health or distress. This support can vary from having a non-judgmental conversation with a colleague, through to guiding them towards appropriate professional support. The Mental Health First Aider role includes:

Being able to recognise the early signs and symptoms of common workplace mental health illnesses

Having the necessary skills to have a supportive, non-judgemental conversation with those who need it

Possessing the knowledge and confidence to guide colleagues to the appropriate professional support if they require it

Promoting greater awareness of mental health in the workplace and reducing stigma

Great content and passionately led

Great content and passionately led by Paul – sharing his own experiences was heartbreaking, insightful and authentic – and above all inspiring – Thank you Paul.

Feeling more knowledgeable and confident to be that first aid for people, guiding and supporting them to get professional help.

Proud to be part of the revolution that gives mental health the platform that it deserves and breaks down the taboos and stigma that it does not.

Victoria Holden

Excellent Course

Would highly recommend. Pauls’ ability to bring together a group of individuals (majority of whom have never met) and have them engage and collaborate with each other on hypothetical situations and at the same time provide an open and safe environment, where individuals feel comfortable and secure in sharing their own experiences, is a testament to him. He is professional, passionate and empathetic in his approach and his delivery of the MHFA course is seamless.

Amanda Haire

Great course expertly delivered by Paul

The course content was informative and the pre work details well Informed.
Paul’s presenting skills and interaction with the group were faultless.
I would definitely enrol again.

Shenna Barry

Informative & powerful training course

A very informative & powerful training course, brought to life by the insight and empathy of the trainer. The training approach was very engaging & interactive – combining the course material with real life examples and an opportunity to ‘practice’ mental health first aid in a safe environment. Highly recommend.

Sarah Todd

Paul’s delivery of the MHFA course was first class.

Paul’s delivery of the MHFA course was first class. Much of the subject matter involved challenging and sensitive topics, which Paul conveyed in a highly knowledgeable and empathetic manner. His ability to enable the learners to address and discuss the topics was done so in a very cognizant and approachable way; allowing for depth and understanding of the issues raised. I came away from the course with a far greater knowledge and understanding of mental health issues. It really is a life saving course and I would highly recommend Paul to anyone wanting to acquire the skills necessary to deal with the complexities of mental health.



Excellent training session

Excellent training session, with plenty of real life examples. Some of the content is quite challenging, however the trainer makes sure everybody is fine and presents the course in such a way it never gets boring neither depressing


Interesting, Informative and Practical

Thanks so much, a really interesting, informative and practical course


Excellent course and tutor

The mental health first aider course I recently did was excellently run and presented by Paul Cooper, the course itself was unbelievably informative hard hitting and useful beyond belief I am so glad and proud of myself and the group I attended with for expanding the awareness



Paul is an exceptional trainer with the right level of detail, patience and caring. It was a great session and I have already recommended it to several others. Paul is also on hand as I drive the MH agenda through our Company which is proving invaluable.


‘Peace of Mind’

Earlier this year I was invited to take up a new role in a company based abroad.
Whilst familiar with most requirements of the job and with a significant amount of experience in man management ( line management / mentor etc.) I felt comfortable with the role. There was however an element of counselling involved for which I have less formal experience. I was also aware of the growing cases of mental health throughout the work place and as such was keen to learn more on the subject.
Despite very limited time to learn, I still desired a course that could not only provide me with a comprehensive overview of the subject but with a detailed insight into various aspects of mental health from a first aiders point of view.
Enter ‘Lean On Me Training Limited’
The two day training course was delivered on-line and supported by an excellent Course book and Work book with valuable pre-course reading and feedback exercises set for each candidate.
There were eight candidates on the course which provided an excellent number for break out sessions and contributions throughout each day.
Orchestrating events was a qualified mental health instructor who not only was clearly familiar with every aspect of the course he was delivering, but whose manner of approach, timing and inclusion was exceptional throughout the two days.
More poignant perhaps was his willingness at times to share his personal experiences relating to sensitive subjects covered on the course, which served to really provide me and my fellow students with an emotional first hand verbal account of some some of the delicate issues encountered in addition to excellent supporting videos and written articles provided in the programme.
This course is not for the feint hearted and understandably, at times the content hits home hard.
However, as an insightful introduction and first aid companion to anyone involved, concerned or interested in the subject of Mental Health, I would highly recommend it.


Absolutely fantastic training days

Absolutely fantastic training days, so informative and a really good way to learn about such an important subject. Paul was a great trainer and provided us with the tools and confidence to help others.

Nicole Hosking

Skill and humility combined to provide a great experience.

Paul delivered this sensitive programme with great skill and humility. His knowledge of the subject was outstanding. His ability to balance his behavioural style to include appropriate humour, empathy and direction enabled even the most challenging subjects and issues to be discussed in an environment of safety and confidentiality. I am looking forward to the follow up review session.


Paul was a fantastic trainer

Paul was a fantastic trainer and I found the tel day training informative and engaging. Paul was very professional and passionate about the topics we covered. I’d highly recommend his training, I feel better equipped to have conversations and provide support to myself and others as a mental health first aider.

Becki Marie

Great course

Great course. Excellent tutor, providing insight, encouragement, support and even humour in such a serious subject. We covered a broad range of mental health areas in enough depth to make me feel confident about my knowledge, and were taught why, how, where, when and why to intervene if suspecting someone is suffering mental ill health. Highly recommended.

Amanda Bye

Excellent course content

Excellent course content, taught by very knowledgeable tutors.


Paul is an amazing instructor

Paul is an amazing instructor, coach and inspirational leader. The Mental Health First Aid course is a real game changer, very powerful and incredibly useful – would recommend!

Matthew Dickinson

I spent some really valuable time with…

I spent some really valuable time with Paul of LeanOnMe Training in my pursuit of a Mental Health First Aider qualification.
The training was well balanced, informative, and put the learner into some hypothetical situations which really makes you assess how to treat people and situations empathetically and in a non judgemental way..
I was delighted with the new set of listening skills I took away from the course, i would highly recommend to any individual or business looking to upskill a team.

Jo Gibson

A real eye opener

A real eye opener, difficult and emotional at times, not for the faint hearted, but if you want to feel better equipped to handle Mental Health issues and support those in need of help then these guys certainly deliver!
Excellent course.

Jim Brooks

Paul is an absolutely first class…

Paul is an absolutely first class trainer and knows his subject intimately.
I would highly recommend Paul and Lean On Me training without any hesitation whatsoever


Powerful and insightful training

Powerful and insightful training, delivered effectively and appropriately. I highly recommend this service provider.

Simon Pickersgill

Although training had to be carried out…

Although training had to be carried out online due to COVID, the overall quality and knowledgeability of our trainer was top notch.

Ben Coombs

Great course!

Paul is very talented and is great at educating about the importance of mental health, and how we can do our part in identifying and supporting at-risk individuals.

I attended this course as part of a company-wide mental health initiative.


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