Implementing Mental Health First Aiders guide for employers

Recruit your Mental Health First Aiders

Expected time commitments for Mental Health First Aiders

Initial training:

Two days

Ad hoc conversations with colleagues:

Best practice is conversations of up to 30 minutes. Encourage Mental Health First Aiders to record how much time they are spending on these conversations and review regularly (see page 7 for guidance on logging conversations). We recommend using the Mental Health First Aider Support app reporting function for insights on time spent in conversations.

Taking part in an internal Mental Health First Aider network:

Varies depending on the organisation but monthly or quarterly meetings are most common

MHFA Refresher training:

Half a day, every three years

Supplementary training:

Optional, decided by the organisation


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