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 below, or register your interest for future courses by emailing

The next course will run:


  • Tuesday 3rd May, 6.30 – 9pm
  • Tuesday 10th May, 6.30 – 9pm
  • Tuesday 17th May, 6.30 – 9pm
  • Tuesday 24th May, 6.30 – 9pm