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Derby City Council mental health training

Derby City Council believe that together we can tackle the stigma around mental health and support the wellbeing of Derby's residents. To help to achieve this goal Derby City Council have commissioned us to deliver mental health first aid training for them.


Currently both virtual (online interactive) and face-to-face training of the mental health first aid (MHFA) training courses will be available. Face-to-face training at venues will be subject to an assessment of the COVID-19 situation both locally and nationally at the time of delivery.

Training places can fill up quickly. Derby City Council want to ensure a spread of mental health first aiders across the city. Courses and the number of places offered may sometimes be targeted or restricted by Derby City Council. However, all courses form part of rolling programmes with new dates being released on an ongoing regular basis.

Course dates are published as they become available. Certain aspects of the core content of the adult and youth mental health first aid courses are similar, and there's potentially a high demand for places, so we can only offer you a place on either the adult or youth course. Please choose the course which is most relevant to you.

Who can attend Derby City Council mental health first aid training for free?

Derby City Council training is currently open and free to anyone who lives or works in Derby City, and who is interested in having more confident conversations with family, friends, neighbours or colleagues about mental health.

Free mental health training is also available to certain organisations (subject to criteria) working with Derbyshire county residents.

Derby City Council staff

The adult mental health first aid and mental health awareness courses on this page are not available to Derby City Council staff. They can access in-house mental health training courses. For further information, Derby City Council staff should contact sarah.edmundson@derby.gov.uk.

Which course is right for you?

Mental health awareness is for anyone who wants to know more about mental health.

Mental health first aid youth is for people who are likely to be in contact with vulnerable young people.

Mental health first aid adult is for people who are likely to be in contact with vulnerable adults.

Mental health first aid refresher is for people who completed an adult or youth mental health first aid course more than 3 years ago.

How to book a free place

To book a free place on a Derby City Council mental health first aid course please follow the instructions outlined for each course.

For other general non-training related Derby City Council queries please email: lac@derby.gov.uk

Mental health first aid - adult

This training course teaches you how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. It's suitable for individuals who may be in contact with adults who may have emotional distress, be at higher risk of mental health difficulties, and who have experience of mental health problems.

Mental health first aid - adult course delivery

This course is delivered as both a face-to-face and virtual (online interactive) course.

The face-to-face course is 2 days long. The virtual course is delivered over 4 shorter sessions on different days.

Virtual mental health first aid - adult course dates

Each virtual course comprises 4 live sessions and all 4 sessions need to be attended to complete the course.

The deadline for booking onto the following course is 31 October 2022:

  • 4 live sessions: 14 November 2022 (morning), 21 November 2022 (morning), 28 November 2022 (morning), 5 December 2022 (morning) - fully booked

The deadline for booking onto the following course is 7 November 2022:

  • 4 live sessions: 28 November 2022 (morning), 2 December 2022 (morning), 9 December 2022 (morning), 16 December 2022 (morning) - fully booked

The deadline for booking onto the following course is 16 December 2022:

The deadline for booking onto the following course is 3 January 2023:

Face-to-face mental health first aid - adult course dates

No dates are currently available.

Mental health first aid - youth

This course teaches the skills and confidence to help spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need.

Mental health first aid youth courses are for individuals who work with or support young people aged 8 to 18.

Mental health first aid - youth course delivery

This course is delivered as both a face-to-face and virtual (online interactive) course. The face-to-face course is 2 days long. The virtual course is delivered over 4 shorter sessions on different days with self-learning required prior to its start and in-between each session.

Learning takes place across 4 topics:

  • youth mental health first aid
  • depression and anxiety
  • suicide and psychosis
  • self-harm and eating disorders

Virtual mental health first aid - youth course dates

Each virtual course comprises 4 live sessions and self-learning. All 4 sessions need to be attended to complete the course.

The deadline for booking onto the following course is 16 September 2022:

  • 4 live sessions: 5 October (afternoon), 12 October (afternoon), 19 October (afternoon), 26 October 2022 (afternoon) - fully booked

Mental health first aid refresher course

This 4-hour course is designed to refresh your knowledge and confidence as an adult mental health first aider who has completed the adult MHFA course 3 or more years ago. However, anyone who has completed the youth MHFA course 3 or more years ago is also welcome to attend. Participants must be over 18 to attend our refresher course.

Virtual mental health first aid refresher course dates

No dates are currently available.

Face-to-face mental health first aid refresher course dates

No dates are currently available.

Mental health awareness

This is a half-day course designed to increase skills and confidence. It gives participants a general awareness and understanding of mental health, including addressing stigma, and an overview of resources and services.

The course is suitable for people who want general mental health awareness or as an introduction to the topic of mental health. Both virtual (online interactive) versions and face-to-face training at venues of the mental health awareness training courses will be available.

Face-to-face training at venues will be subject to an assessment of the COVID-19 situation, both locally and nationally at time of delivery.

Virtual mental health awareness course dates

The deadline for booking onto the following course is 26 October 2022:

  • one live session: 16 November 2022 (morning) - fully booked

Face-to-face mental health awareness course dates

No dates are currently available.

Purchasing training

Organisations (within and from outside of Derbyshire) who do not meet criteria for free training can buy 'adult mental health first aid' and 'mental health first aid youth' individual places or whole 'ringfenced' courses from us. Both adult and youth virtual (online interactive) courses and face-to-face courses are available to purchase as they become available.

We're happy to discuss dates and delivery arrangements that are convenient to you. For further information and cost per person or per course, please email: asch.mental.health.training@derbyshire.gov.uk