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Mental health training

This is primarily aimed at staff and volunteers who aren't qualified mental health professionals. It reflects a whole-system cross-sector workforce approach to prevention and support, and reinforces that mental health is everyone's business.

All courses form part of a rolling programme with new dates being released on a regular basis.

Training places can fill up quickly so we may have to restrict the number of places offered to each organisation per course.

Many parts of the core content of the adult and youth Mental Health First Aid courses are similar and in high demand so we now only offer a place on either the adult or the youth course. Please choose the course which is most relevant to you.

Upcoming changes to course training offer

In addition to mental health first aid training and suicide bereavement training, we'll be offering 2 new training courses based around mental health awareness plus suicide awareness and managing mental health conversations.

All courses will be delivered as part of an ongoing rolling programme. However, as we are transitioning to the new courses there will be a short gap until we can offer these. A further update as to the new courses including dates will be released by June 2023.

Which course is right for you?

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

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

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

Suicide bereavement training is for people who may come into contact with people bereaved by suicide.

Who can attend our mental health training for free

All the training courses are free for staff and volunteers from statutory, community or voluntary sector organisations, providing that a core part of the individual's role is working with Derbyshire county residents.

If you're from a commercial organisation that has been offered training as part of our Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Outreach and Network Project, you can also access training for free.

Free mental health training is also available (subject to criteria) from Derby City Council.

How to book a free place

To book a free place please follow the instructions outlined for each course. For other general mental health training queries please email:

Purchasing training

Organisations (both in and outside Derbyshire) are welcome to purchase individual places or whole ringfenced courses from us for 'Mental Health First Aid Adult' and 'Mental Health First Aid Youth'. Both courses can be delivered as virtual (online interactive) courses and face-to-face courses.

We're happy to discuss a date and delivery arrangements. For further information and cost per person, or per course, please email: