Mental Health First Aid

Would you know how to help?

We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Mental ill health can strike at any time and can affect people from all walks of life.

Although things are improving, stigma still exists around mental ill health. As a society, we don’t tend to know how to take care of our mental health like we do our physical health. This means that people may not know how to support a friend, family member or colleague experiencing a mental health issue, or where to go for support with their own mental health.

Become a Mental Health First Aider
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.

You’ll also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.

What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma in the world around you.

Sign up for MHFA with the Community Cupboard

This course is made up of both individual learning activities and a series of four live sessions. Individual learning will be based on a combination of videos, workbook activities and reading. This needs to be completed in advance of each live session.

The course costs £30 to cover materials and postage.

Sign up for the next course or register your interest for future courses by emailing

When are the next courses?

In-person course: Wednesdays 18th and 25th September, 9 am to 5 pm, Lunesdale Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale

Online course: 10th and 17th October 24, 9 am to 5 pm

Why Every Life Matters?

Every Life Matters strives to take a fresh, innovative and long term approach to suicide prevention and suicide bereavement support in Cumbria – a county that has had suicide rates well above the national average for too many years. At the heart of our approach to suicide prevention is the belief that all members of our local community can have a part to play in suicide prevention. Our training aims to reduce the stigma attached to suicide, increase understanding of when someone is at risk of suicide, raise awareness of how to practically support someone, and the range of services and resources available for people in our communities experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Suicide Awareness

Our one hour bitesize FREE awareness session is aimed at anyone in the community who wants to learn more about the myths and facts surrounding suicide, understand when someone might be at risk, how to talk directly and comfortably about suicide, and what we can all do to offer practical support.


This course will be run Tuesday 13th September 2022, 6 – 7pm at the Lunesdale Hall. This is a free event, but we ask that you sign up for a ticket at Eventbrite.

Suicide Alertness
This three hour FREE interactive training session is aimed at anyone in a helping role who wants to understand more about the context of suicide, identify when someone may be at risk, how to ask directly about suicide, and what we can do to support someone and guide them to the help they need.
Suicide First Aid
Suicide First Aid is a FREE half day online course for PEOPLE LIVING OR WORKING IN SOUTH CUMBRIA which teaches and practices the skills and knowledge needed to identify someone who may be thinking about suicide and competently intervene to help create suicide-safety as a first aid approach.