Become a Mental Health First Aider

Become a Mental Health First Aider

Ideal for people with an intrinsic interest in supporting mental health and staff with designated responsibilities for this role. This online course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider

Online £250

Paul Cooper –
MFHA Accredited Instructor

An experienced trainer and a licensed MHFA Instructor, Paul is the founder and lead instructor of Lean on Me. Paul formed Lean on Me to use his own lived experience of mental health issues to provide a powerful context to the mental health first aid course devised by MHFA England. He’s driven by his goal to make sure that everyone has someone to lean on in their time of need.

Mental health awareness has been steadily gaining recognition since the inception of the Mental Health Foundation (originally the Mental Health Research fund) in 1949. 

Fast-forward 70 years and now events such as Mental Health Awareness Week, Mental Health Awareness Month and charities such as ‘Mind’ are household names, with thousands of people attending events and raising money every year. Despite this, there is still a lot of stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health and those who suffer from mental health issues. 

What can you do to help? 

You don’t need to have a healthcare background or any previous qualifications to become an accredited mental health first aider, but an interest in supporting the wellbeing of those around you is ideal. 

By educating yourself and knowing the facts surrounding mental health and discrimination, you are in a key position to also educate others. Doing a Mental Health First Aid course is the first step to gaining access to information and resources to provide emotional support and practical help to those who might need it. 

How do you become a mental health first aider? 

The Lean on Me ‘Become a Mental Health First Aider’ online course will fully qualify those who complete it to be a certified and accredited mental health first aider. 

  • The course is delivered over 2 days, usually with a break of 24 hours between the two days. The 2 days are divided into four live training sessions and delivered through the MHFA England Online Learning Hub.
  • Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan. 
  • With numbers limited to 16 people per course, you can expect personalised sessions and a safe and supporting learning environment. 

What can you expect to learn from our online course? 

After becoming accredited in mental health first aid through this course, you can expect to bring the following skills with you:

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect personal wellbeing. 
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health distress, as well as encouraging early intervention. 
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress. 
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening, practicing empathy and compassion. 
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix. 
  • Our training also provides guidance on dealing with remote working, which has become more prevalent since the pandemic and post lockdowns.

On Course Completion  

Everyone who completes the course can expect to receive: 

  • A certificate of attendance to say you are a Mental Health First Aider. 
  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it, including the MHFA five step action plan. 
  • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan. 
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health.

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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About Lean On Me

Paul Cooper founded Lean On Me Training to promote mental health awareness and education throughout corporate and social environments.

Lean On Me is on a mission to promote mental health awareness and positive support in businesses and within the general community and to educate those who wish to support others in quality first line intervention. 

We’re doing this by providing the most informative and engaging training on the challenging subjects of mental health.  Our trainers are selected for their experience in providing first line support and for their background in high quality training delivery. 

Our founder is Paul Cooper, and he’s driven by his first-hand experiences with mental health through his career. Paul suffered with deep depression and associated mental illnesses throughout his career but did not recognise or know how to deal with what he was facing. He openly talks about his journey to recovery through his dark days to bring to life the process of applying mental health first aid in a live environment. 

Lean On Me has delivered online courses since 2020 and has had hundreds of delegates successfully achieve their accreditation. We also provide consultancy to businesses who have been motivated to instigate wellbeing programmes within the workplace and who wish to actively support valuable employees with a myriad of mental health issues. 

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