MHFA Virtual Mental Health Awareness

“The course was fantastic, and it was good to discuss MH issues in such detail. Ross was a fantastic instructor and was ever so considerate and mindful about making sure everyone felt comfortable throughout the course.”

Anjali, Teacher, Saracen’s Multi School Academy Trust

Would you know how to help?

One in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time. Suicide is the leading cause of death for those aged 5-19.

In an average group of 30 15-year-olds:

  • Seven are likely to have been bullied
  • Six may be self-harming
  • One could have experienced the death of a parent

Now more than ever record levels of young people are struggling. Academic pressure, social media, social isolation, bullying, poverty, lack of availability of professional mental health support – all have been named by various sources as contributing to this epidemic of poor mental health in our young people.

Learn to support young people


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a nationally accredited mental health training organisation that will teach you and your staff how to identify and understand the various components of mental health and wellbeing. We train the adults in a young person’s life to have the skills and confidence to step in, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, they can speed up a young person’s recovery, stop issues from developing into a crisis, and ultimately save lives.

But more than that, by giving these adults the information and skills to look after their own mental health, we want them to set an example for young people. We want adults to be able to show young people that mental ill health is a part of life in just the same way as physical ill health, that it’s OK to talk about and it’s OK to ask for help.

Meet the core standards

This course helps meet the recommended core standards for a healthy workplace as set out for all employers in the Government's Thriving at Work report.


We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.

Internationally recognised

You will be joining a global community of over 3 million people around the world who have trained in MHFA skills. In England alone hundreds of thousands of people have already been trained.

Evidence based

The MHFA course is written by experts, grounded in research, and tested by people with lived experience of mental ill health. Research and evaluation show that MHFA England courses make a lasting difference in people’s knowledge and confidence around mental health.

INSET Outline

This introductory four-hour virtual session raises awareness of mental health. It covers:

  • What mental health is and how to challenge stigma
  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing
  • Confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue

By the end of this 4-hour virtual learning course staff will be able to:

  1. Identify how mental health can vary according to backgrounds, experiences, genetics, and socio-economic factors
  2. Identify how mental health can move around a spectrum or quadrant of need and support
  3. Recognise stigma and be more prepared to dismantle this at every opportunity
  4. Gain an introductory level of understanding of Anxiety, GAD, Bi-polar Disorder, Depression, Psychosis including Schizophrenia.
  5. Develop listening and support skills to enable recovery

INSET Format

This 4 hour MHFA Course is delivered virtually by Zoom Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities.

Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A certificate of attendance to say you are Mental Health Aware
  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health

Who is it for

  • Teachers
  • TAs
  • SBMs
  • SLT
  • Other support staff

Presenter Profile

Over the past 30 years, Ross McWilliam has worked in over 1,000 schools and businesses. Through his work in the field of mindsets, he has changed the lives of one million children, young adults, and senior professionals. Ross has demonstrated an unrivalled record of engagement, education and empowerment.

During this time, Ross has developed into a much sought-after international keynote speaker and is a published author on mindsets. Not wanting to rest on his laurels, Ross is currently studying for his PhD.

Ross now specialises in growing the talents of professionals and helps them reach their full potential, either individually, or collectively as a high achieving team. Whether it’s working with the ‘onboarding skills’ of new recruits, or ‘polishing up’ senior executives, Ross achieves results.

He has been described by leading international psychology professor Barry Hymer as ‘a classic growth mindset.’ Ross describes himself as a ‘Pracademic’ ie actively engaging with the audience using a mixture of contemporary research blended with a fierce desire to apply this and make learning relevant.

His specific areas of expertise are Performance Mindsets, Positive Mental Health, Wellbeing & Resilience, Team Dynamics, Leadership Development, Emotional Intelligences, and Emotional Competencies of Resilience, Willpower, Motivation, & Soft Communication Skills.

Ross McWilliam BA (Hons), MSc., PGCE, Dip Man CMI Level 7, Mental Health First Aid England Accredited (MHFA)

Ross’s previous clients include: Institute of School Business Leadership, ICAEW, Cheltenham Head Teachers Conference, Essex & East London School Business Managers Conferences, Blackpool FC • Burnley FC • Blackburn Rovers FC • Fleetwood FC • Airbus • Federation of Small Businesses • East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce • UCLAN Launchpad programme • National Citizenship Service


“I felt Ross did a great job of delivering given the situation we are in. He made me feel at ease and able to share my own personal struggles.”
Ruth, Teacher, Saracen’s Multi School Academy Trust
“Thank you so much for this morning, it was absolutely brilliant and incredibly useful, lots of staff are giving very positive feedback.”
Nishi Kapoor, Deputy Head Pastoral, Northbridge House Nursery & Pre-Prep

Cost: £250 per delegate

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